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Pacific Island Developing Country Water Resources and Climate Change

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C. G. Burns
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In the context of global climate change, the author considers possible environmental outcomes for generally Pacific Island Developing States (PIDCs)The paper sets out to:provide a brief overview of PIDCS, outline present assessments of climate trends, both globally and regionally, that may have an impact on PIDCSassess some of the potential ecosystem impacts of climate change on islands in the Pacific regionassess the possible role of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change in ameliorating these impactsThe author concludes that PIDCs face a serious threat to their existence and that major change in carbon emissions, beyond even full implementation of the Kyoto protocol, would be necessary to safeguard their future.