Although Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) only produce a tiny fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions, they will be experiencing the most severe impacts of climate change. The range of adverse effect can vary but it is very likely that some islands nations will disappear as a result of sea level rise, while other will experience severe devastation and may become inhabitable. However, most SIDS have significant renewable natural resources, including solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and biomass resources that can be used on a cost competitive basis for power, heat and cooling applications.
Launched in 1998, the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII) is a consortium of international NGOs and multi-lateral institutions that have been created to support the members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), potential private investors and donors by bringing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, models, and concepts together in sustainable energy plans for small island nations. Since its inception, the GSEII and its member organizations have assisted several Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, Pacific and the Indian Ocean regions in facilitating the implementation of clean energy projects and building several capacity building and awareness plans.
For more information, visit the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII) or read GSEII publications.
The Endangered Island Campaign has been designed to further these goals and extend the cooperation network to multiple partners with several objectives:
For more information, visit the Endangered Islands Campaign webpage
Tom Roper considers action that energy utilities can take in vulnerable Pacific island countries (Tiempo Climate Newswatch)
At Risk From Rising Seas, Tuvalu Seeks Clean Power (July 20, Reuters)
Small islands win UN vote on climate change security (June 3, Reuters AlertNet)
Indonesia may 'rent' islands to climate refugees (June 3, Pacific Islands Report)
Climate Change - A Challenge for the Pacific Nations (PPT) (August 2009 presentation to the Pacific Power Association in American Samoa)
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