Small island developing states on "frontline" in battling climate changeListen /
Small island developing states are on the "frontline" in battle against climate change according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
On World Environment Day celebrated annually on June 5th, the UN is focussing on the particular vulnerability of the island states, known as SIDS, to changes in climate and natural disasters.
Nik Sekhran, the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Environment and Energy Group at UNDP says the problem most SIDS face is that they are low-lying.
"And that makes them particularly vulnerable to climate change, sea-level rise, storm surges and the like. They are also very dependent on a fairly small land resource base for farming and so on. And if the environment becomes degraded, that really undermines their economy in a very disproportionate way."
In September this year, the international community will gather on the Pacific Ocean island of Samoa for the third United Nations SIDS conference.
Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.