Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

Global Island Database

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The Global Island Database (GID) is a pioneering new database, bringing together for the first time information from biodiversity and climate change to social and economic factors covering some 70,000 islands.  The Global Island Database was developed by the United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP – WCMC) in conjunction with partners, in response to a request from the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) in 2007.  The GID reflects five of the themes important for islands, as identified by the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work (IBPoW) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), namely biodiversity, climate change, invasive species, pollution and sustainability.

The GID aims to boost the sustainable management of islands by identifying and bringing together existing sources of data and information relevant to island systems, and presenting new analyses to aid resource managers and decision-making at the island, national, regional and global levels.  It will also assist island governments to play a more central and pivotal role in international negotiations and decision making in respect to the management of scarce resources.