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Building resilient and dynamic Small Island Developing State cities

Working paper

Written by Gareth Byatt

Image credit:Aerial view of Port Louis. Photo credit: UNDP in Mauritius and Seychelles. CC BY-NC 2.0

Almost half of Small Island Developing States' (SIDS) populations reside in urban areas. Research into urban resilience and urban planning tends to focus on cities in large nations, and only a relatively small amount of specific research on SIDS cities currently exists. However, much of the general urban resilience research is applicable to SIDS, as long as context is considered.

This paper focuses on ways to implement measures that will foster resilient and dynamic cities in SIDS. Ensuring good policy action to build, maintain and continuously improve these cities is key to achieving sustainable development and resilient prosperity as set out in the Outcome Document of the Fourth International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS4).

Author: Gareth Byatt

Gareth Byatt presented the initial draft of this paper at the SIDS Future Forum in March 2024. Timestamp 14:08


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