Climatic Change

, Volume 154, Issue 3–4, pp 303–313 | Cite as

A commentary on national adaptation drivers: the case of small island developing states

  • Stacy-ann RobinsonEmail author


This paper comments on the applicability of the global indicators of climate change adaptation policy drivers contained in Berrang-Ford et al. (2014) (Climatic Change, 124(1–2), 441–450. for small island developing states (SIDS). SIDS are a globally recognised ‘special’ case in terms of environment and sustainable development issues as they are disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. While acknowledging that the choice of final indicators in the Berrang-Ford et al. (2014) assessment was primarily the function of the results of bivariate analyses with their Adaptation Initiatives Index and that there is no certainty of statistically significant relationships with any measure of adaptation initiatives, this paper proposes the inclusion of a number of predictor variables for a future SIDS-specific quantitative analysis. By doing this, this commentary helps to contribute a more nuanced understanding of potential national adaptation policy drivers in SIDS.



An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 16th Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies Conference in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Conference participants, A/Prof Jamie Pittock at The Australian National University, and anonymous reviewers provided helpful comments. Daniel Ferris proofread the final draft. All views and errors are the author’s own.

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  1. 1.Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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