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Hub Director Spotlight Series: The Unique Challenges and Opportunities Facing Small Island Developing States

In our interview, Dr. Thomas stressed the importance of having a specific UCCRN Hub for small island developing states, which deal with a unique set of issues and constraints. The most recent IPCC reports state that SIDS are both disproportionately affected by climate change and also facing limits to their adaptive capacity. Residents of SIDS are often vulnerable to compound risks (e.g., coastal flooding and power grid failure) occurring in smaller, underserved areas, and there is often nowhere safe for them to retreat.

Dr. Gian Delgado is engaging with UCCRN as the Hub Director of the newly founded Mexico Hub, which will be based out of Mexico City.

In our interview, Dr. Thomas stressed the importance of having a specific UCCRN Hub for small island developing states, which deal with a unique set of issues and constraints. The most recent IPCC reports state that SIDS are both disproportionately affected by climate change and also facing limits to their adaptive capacity. Residents of SIDS are often vulnerable to compound risks (e.g., coastal flooding and power grid failure) occurring in smaller, underserved areas, and there is often nowhere safe for them to retreat.

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