Panel Discussion

Sustaining small islands in the context of global environmental change.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are recognized as special geographical entities, vulnerable to numerous pressures of climate change and extreme weather events. Challenged by resource security, waste absorption capacity, international debt, undiversified exports, and dependency on imports to meet basic needs, SIDS also exhibit unique demographic features such as high out-migration and dependency ratios. Recent hurricanes in the Caribbean draw our attention to the vulnerability of SIDS, but also present an opportunity to understand the resiliency of islands in the face of global environmental change. Key questions that arise: What are the critical issues that need to be addressed for sustaining small islands in an era of global environmental change? What sustainability pathways exist to build resiliency and reduce island vulnerability? Please join us for a panel discussion with esteemed island researchers and policy makers from the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.

The panel event is supported through a seed grant from the Water Institute (Team: Simron Singh, Prateep Kumar Nayak, Derek Armitage, Brent Doberstein and Alain-Désiré Nimubona).

The panel will be moderated by Simon Courtenay.


October 23, 2017

  • Panel Discussion: 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Wine and Cheese: 4 pm - 6 pm


Needles Hall (NH) 3407



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