Understanding ocean-derived risks facing coastal communities in SIDS and LDCs 

Coastal communities in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are uniquely vulnerable to ocean risk. High dependence of many SIDS and LDCs on tourism, fisheries and imports – made clear during the COVID-19 pandemic – deepens their economic fragility.

ORRAA is spearheading research, led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, to synthesise the latest knowledge and generate new insights on key emerging ocean risks, and their implications for resilience and human wellbeing in SIDS and LDCs.

This will generate three separate reports. The first will look at ocean-derived risks facing coastal communities in SIDS and LDCs. This work includes a systematic literature review of ocean risk related to coastal communities, analysis of the vulnerabilities specific to SIDS and LDCs and the diversity between countries, and an assessment of the potential for building adaptive capacity.

The second report will focus on the gender effects of ocean risk, while the third will examine the diversity of sectors making claims on the ocean, and the associated opportunities and risks.

The project will contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by increasing knowledge and awareness around emerging ocean-derived risks, and furthering discussions at the science-policy-practice interface on how to enhance ocean resilience in the 21st century.