DC event: Islands as Champions of Resilience

When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW, 6th Floor Board Room, Washington, D.C. 20004

Island communities are often reported in policy documents, academic papers, and the media as being “most vulnerable” to climate change and disasters. But how accurate is that assumption? Island communities and governments are responding to these challenges with strategies ranging from effective loss and damage responses for small-island states, to incorporating communities, women, and population dynamics into climate responses. Additionally, donors such as USAID and AUSAID are supporting climate resilient development in small islands. Join three climate change experts for a discussion on reframing island states from victims of climate change to champions of resilience.


  • Maxine Burkett – Associate Professor of Law, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
  • John Furlow – Senior Climate Change Specialist, USAID
  • Charles Nyandiga – Programme Advisor, UNDP


  • Roger-Mark De Souza – Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center



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