The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Small Island Developing States

Author: 
Elizabeth Carabine, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), with the assistance of Mairi Dupar, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
Publisher: 
Overseas Development Institute and Climate and Development Knowledge Network
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Language of Publication: 
English
Year of Publication: 
2014

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What’s in it for Small Island Developing States presents key findings from the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It extracts SIDS-specific data, trends and analysis directly from AR5, summarising it in a short volume to make it accessible to all audiences, and highlights key opportunities to achieve adaptation, mitigation and development.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report, which the IPCC is releasing in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014, is the work of 830 expert authors, from 85 countries. Its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages.

Now the Climate and Development Knowledge Network and Overseas Development Institute have released a succinct guide to the assessment for decision-makers in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Small Island Developing States? distils the richest material on climate impacts and trends in small islands, and SIDS’ experiences in adaptation and mitigation from the thousands of pages of the Fifth Assessment Report and complemented with similar, peer reviewed case studies from such countries. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Small Island Developing States? aims to make the IPCC’s important material more accessible and usable and responds to wide demand for this type of information.

The guide is part of a suite of materials to promote the key findings of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, which include companion volumes for Africa and South Asia. Please visit www.cdkn.org/ar5-toolkit for the publications and a range of communications resources, including free-to-use images and infographics.

Overseas Development Institute and Climate and Development Knowledge Network