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.