The 2012 UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Global Environmental Issues primarily identified emerging environmental issues and possible solutions on a global scale and perspective. In 2013, UNEP carried out a similar exercise to identify priority emerging environmental issues that are of concern to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
At the core of the process was a SIDS Foresight Panel consisting of 11 SIDS experts from the three SIDS regions, representing the global SIDS community and a wide range of disciplines. The process was designed to open the discussion on emerging environmental issues to a wide range of views both from the Foresight Panel and a wider community of relevant experts from across the globe.
While the issues identified relate to different environmental themes, they also include issues that are cross cutting in nature, and should be viewed in a holistic and integrative manner. This report presents the outcome of the Foresight exercise and was one of UNEP’s contributions to the Third International SIDS Conference in Samoa in September 2014. The content of the report aligns with one of the four thematic foci of the conference: “identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and ways and means to address them”. A summary description of the issues is provided below according to the different themes with no particular order of priority.