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Published: 1 Jun 2014

Emerging issues for small island developing states: results of the UNEP/UN DESA foresight process

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This report documents the results of the United Nations Environment Programme Foresight Process on Emerging Global Environmental Issues. In 2013, UNEP did some work to identify priority emerging environmental issues that are of concern to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). An emerging environmental issue is defined here as any positive or negative issue that is: critical to achieving sustainable development in the SIDS; related to any of the three dimensions of sustainable development – environment, social and economic – but with particular relevance to the environment dimension; recognized as very important by the SIDS, but has not yet received adequate attention from the policy community; evidence-based, including scientific and traditional sources of knowledge; recognized as ‘emerging’ based on newness, which can be as a result of new knowledge; new scales or accelerated rates of impact; or a heightened level of awareness. The social and economic emerging issues were also identified using the same set of criteria.

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