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An initiative to support resilience
in Small Island Developing States and Coastal Cities



Small and medium cities in SIDS and coastal cities face shared risks, vulnerabilities and development challenges while their ability to address them holistically is constrained by governance challenges, a lack of empirical evidence, and a shortage of technical capacity.
Owing to their geography, small size and insularity, SIDS are 35% more vulnerable to external economic and financial shocks.
Sea-level rise, increased coastal flooding, saltwater intrusion and shoreline retreat will hugely impact SIDS.
The resilience of urban infrastructure and assets is critical in SIDS as they are located in high-risk zones.
One disaster on an island state can cause a 14% loss of GDP and directly affect 11% of the population.
Of the total disaster-related support to SIDS, only 10% went towards prevention and preparedness.
The Integrated Urban Resilience in SIDS & Coastal Cities Programme will focus on 10 cities over three years with the aim of identifying resilience building needs.

The Programme will…

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Focus on neglected geographies
Strengthen urban governance
Cater to specific needs and vulnerabilities
Strengthen capacities of less-resourced cities
Harness the potential of innovation

Around the World

SIDS Urban Resilience Initiatives

With a view to supporting cities in SIDS advance urban resilience, capacity and diagnosis initiatives are being implemented in the following cities…
Roseau, Dominica
Toamasina, Madagascar
Bridgetown, Barbados
Nadi, Fiji
Nukualofa, Tonga
Port Louis, Mauritius
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Zanzibar, Tanzania