Cyclone Pam and SIDS

The devastation generated by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu reminds us of the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to extreme weather events, which are taking place at increasing intensity due to climate change. Addressing these issues is a core effort of our experts in the Conflict Prevention Program.

Recognizing the importance and the urgency to address climate change challenges for SIDS, The Hague Institute has initiated several activities with the aim to contribute to disaster risk reduction, to build adaptive capacity at multiple levels and to advance social justice and human security in local climate action.

  • Policy Brief 9 | Climate Security and Justice for Small Island Developing States [PDF]
    This policy brief reviews both the challenges that SIDS face because of climate change in terms of adaptation and development, internal displacement and migration, sovereignty and exclusive economic zones, as well as the means they use to advance their cause, such as legal claims to compensation and multilateral diplomacy.
  • Hague Institute Project | Governance of Climate Adaptation in Small Island Developing States
    In January 2015, The Hague Institute launched a three-stage pilot project on climate adaptation in the vulnerable small island state of Zanzibar in East Africa. The central tenet of the planning process is to build adaptive capacity and ensure human security reflects local environmental action.

Learn more about the Institute’s research on climate change.

To speak with Institute staff about these issue areas, please contact Erwin Tuil at

Further Reading

Conflict Prevention

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