Building a Climate Resilient Economy and Society
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Building a Climate Resilient Economy and Society

Challenges and Opportunities

Edited by K. N. Ninan and Makoto Inoue

Climate change will have a profound impact on human and natural systems, and will also impede economic growth and sustainable development. In this book, leading experts from around the world discuss the challenges and opportunities in building a climate resilient economy and society. The chapters are organised in three sections. The first part explores vulnerability, adaptation and resilience, whilst Part II examines climate resilience-sectoral perspectives covering different sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, marine ecosystems, cities and urban infrastructure, drought prone areas, and renewable energy. In the final part, the authors look at Incentives, institutions and policy, including topics such as carbon pricing, REDD plus, climate finance, the role of institutions and communities, and climate policies. Combining a global focus with detailed case studies of a cross section of regions, countries and sectors, this book will prove to be an invaluable resource.
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Chapter 6: Climate resilience and sustainable development: challenges and options for small island developing states

Ramón Pichs-Madruga

Abstract

Small island developing states (SIDS) are most vulnerable to climate change. It is due to the insistence of SIDS that the Paris Climate Agreement concluded in December 2015 also set a desirable target of limiting temperature rises to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. This chapter discusses the economic, social and environmental challenges and options for SIDS to address the risks posed by climate change, especially rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and degradation of marine ecosystems, with their consequent impacts on lives and livelihoods in the SIDS. Mitigation and adaptation measures, improving the sustainability of marine ecosystems and marine fisheries, disaster risk reduction and community-based approaches to development are critical to enhance climate resilience and sustainable development in SIDS.

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