Climate Risk Profile-Palau
It is recognized by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that developing countries particularly Small Island Developing States are particularly vulnerable to climate change (IPCC AR4, 2007). The future of many Pacific Island nations is already being shaped by climate change events. According to McKenzie et al (2005), the total replacement costs for Cyclone Heta in Niue were estimated to be almost 200 percent of the annual GDP. The effects of climate change, and the need for concerted and coordinated action to address its effects, are no longer a matter of political debate. For some Pacific Island countries, it is a question of survival.
08 Apr 2010