Building Climate Resilience in Small Island Developing States

Posted by Devex for UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme’s CommonSensing project

CommonSensing is an innovative international project based on a partnership between Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and a consortium of international partners working together to support and build climate resilience and enhance decision making through the use of satellite remote sensing technology. Led by UNITAR-UNOSAT, consortium partners include Satellite Applications Catapult, Met Office, Sensonomic, Devex, and the University of Portsmouth.

CommonSensing is part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, a £30 million per year multi-year program launched in 2016, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

The impacts of climate change are being felt around the globe, and small island developing states are on the frontline. Due to their remote geographies they are particularly exposed to rising sea levels and natural disasters, and often lack the financial resources and international support needed to tackle some of the damaging effects of climate change. This series takes a closer look at how innovative solutions and satellite technology can help build resilience and prepare some of the world’s most vulnerable communities for the challenges ahead.