Prospex helped UNEP identify Emerging issues for Small Island Developing States
Islands beware – At the World Environment Day on 5 June 2014 in Barbados, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) presented key emerging issues that Small Island Developing States need to address in the immediate future. Findings revealed that SIDS are faced with a string of serious environmental challenges, notably sea level rise, intensification of extreme events, biodiversity damage and loss, overfishing, invasive alien species, the decline of agrobiodiversity and ecosystem functions affecting food and livelihood security, indiscriminate and intensive use of pesticides. A series of socio-economic issues raise the challenge level even higher: the need to diversify SIDS economies, reinforce social cohesion, enhance disaster preparedness, rediscover opportunities for youth, shore up traditional, local, and indigenous knowledge, preserve an authentic cultural heritage and identity, as well as health and gender related challenges.
Scientists from the worlds’ small island developing states worked together to agree on this short list of urgent problems political leaders need to address. Prospex designed and facilitated the participatory process.