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UNDP Global

Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States

Sep 14, 2017

The ‘Island Innovations’ publication is an effort carried out jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) during the International Year for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).


It showcases some of the most successful approaches and achievements emerging from SIDS, as the world discusses a set of new sustainable development goals for the post-2015 period.


These innovative and successful projects feature the effectiveness and efficacy of UNDP-GEF development initiatives in the environment sector, through a broad range of actions, including conservation and sustainable use of critical marine and coastal resources, climate change mitigation, adaptation efforts and more. 


  • Currently, over 240 UNDP-supported GEF-funded projects at various stages are implemented in SIDS.
  • In Vanuatu, UNDP-GEF has helped the country to embrace sustainable land management techniques that protect the environment and strengthen customary and traditional knowledge and approaches
  • In the Caribbean, integrating Watershed and coastal management helped 13 Caribbean SIDS protect scarce water resources
  • A combination of community and household water tanks in Pa Enua, Cook Islands, helped increase water supply to counter climate-induced disturbances
  • With support from UNDP and funding from the GEF, the Government of Samoa has stepped up to integrate climate risks into the agriculture and health sectors and into forestry management