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"Islands are ... naturally formed, surrounded by water, and are above sea level during high tide"
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Ten things you should know of small island developing states

Many small island, rural and indigenous communities are already facing the first impacts of climate change. Their high vulnerability relates to their reliance upon resource-based livelihoods and the locations and configurations of their lands and territories.

FYI2014 was the International Year of SIDS. Explore the Year's archived resources

Of the 6 billion people in the world, one out of ten lives on an island (600 million).