August 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched a small island developing States (SIDS) website to highlight its work with SIDS, given that they are low-lying and vulnerable to weather- and climate-related hazards, such as tropical cyclones, floods and droughts.
The website features: a media corner, highlighting the most recent information on SIDS; links to WMO SIDS publications, including ‘Saving Paradise: Ensuring Sustainable Development' and ‘The SIDS Caribbean Project: Preparedness to Climate Variability and Global Change in SIDS of the Caribbean Region;' and information on WMO side events to be convened at the Third International Conference on SIDS, taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014.
WMO supports SIDS in developing: adequate structures and building capacity to ensure that information is available in a timely manner to address issues such as coastal zone management, energy, environmental degradation, tourism and climate change; and scientifically sound and culturally sensitive early warning systems. It further supports national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs) in SIDS to help access the most sophisticated products in real-time and forecasts of extreme weather events several days in advance. [WMO SIDS Website]