This ICLEI Community, which was officially launched at Resilient cities 2016, is a group of interested and concerned representatives of towns and provinces of Small Island States. It will support their communication, exchange and cooperation on resilient and sustainable urban development.
The Community shall serve small island Nations. These island nations typically have small populations and a blurring of roles between national and local government. They are faced with multiple, extreme development challenges exacerbated by degraded environments, declining resources, climate change impacts and frequent natural disasters
This ICLEI community is an ICLEI Membership service and is exclusively available to ICLEI members. There is no cost to being a participant in the Community, however ICLEI facilitation and support services will be of a limited nature unless a specific project provides additional funding to enable an increased level of resourcing.
Pictured right: Edward Ngava, Deputy Mayor of Honiara (Solomon Islands), member of ICLEI Global Executive Committee and champion of the Community, speaking at the 2016 Resilient Cities congress
Follow this link to a recent article on Sustainable Futures for Small Islands, written by Carlisle Richardson, former ambassador of St Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations and a former economic affairs officer of the United Nations. Carlisle is acting as an informal adviser to the ICLEI Community.
ICLEI is seeking partner organizations to support the ICLEI Community. Partners may support the community in principle through being an endorsing partner, or may collaborate with ICLEI to help to fund and operate resilience building programs in selected islands. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact the Global Coordinator, Steve Gawler.
"Panorama Eden Bay Beach" By Phenss [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons