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    Small Island Developing States in a post-pandemic world: challenges and opportunities for climate action

    Foley, Aideen and Moncada, S. and Mycoo, M. and Nunn, P. and Tandrayen-Ragoobur, V. and Evans, C. (2022) Small Island Developing States in a post-pandemic world: challenges and opportunities for climate action. WIREs Climate Change 13 (3), e769. ISSN 1757-7780.

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    Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been impacted by and responded to COVID-19 in ways that give us clues about vulnerabilities under climate change, as well as pathways to resilience. Here, we reflect on some of these experiences drawing on case study examples from the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean SIDS, exploring how SIDS have responded to COVID-19 and considering the potential for coping mechanisms enacted for the pandemic to support long-term resilience to climate change. Island responses to the pandemic highlight both new directions, like tourist schemes that capitalise on the rise of remote working in Barbados and Mauritius, and reliance on tried and tested coping mechanisms, like bartering in Fiji. Some of the actions undertaken to respond to the pressures of the pandemic, such as visa schemes promoting ‘digital nomadism’ and efforts to grow domestic food production have climate resilience and equity dimensions that must be unpacked if their potential to contribute to more sustainable island futures is to be realised. Importantly, the diversity of contexts and experiences described here illustrates that there is no single ‘best’ pathway to climate-resilient post-pandemic futures for SIDS. While the emerging rhetoric of COVID-19 recovery often speaks of ‘roadmaps’, we argue that the journey towards a climate-resilient COVID-19 recovery for SIDS is likely to involve detours, as solutions emerge through innovation and experiment, and knowledge-sharing across the wider SIDS community.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Aideen Foley
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 15:15
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:15


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