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As the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) looms, nations around the world are beginning to announce new goals and targets aimed at tackling the impacts of the climate crisis. While delegates from around the world will descend onto Glasgow for in-depth conversations and negotiations on mitigation measures, many will be keen to have discussions focused on adaptation as well as resilience and capacity-buildingSmall Island Developing States (SIDS) are one such group. The SIDS have been dealing with the impacts of climate change for several decades, witnessing the increasing destruction that it is capable of [1].

COP26 will be of special interest to SIDS. The decisions taken in Glasgow will have a direct impact on their interests, and leaders from island-nations have not been shy to confront their wealthier neighbours about their lack of action on climate change [1, 2]. COP26 hosted by the United Kingdom, has announced its intention to have SIDS and other groups of developing nations better represented during the November conference, and have joined them in calling for more immediate climate action [3].

Here to further discuss SIDS and COP26, I am joined by James Ellsmoor , an award-winning entrepreneur and writer who is passionate about climate change advocacy, environmental policy and sustainable energy [4]. His expertise on SIDS has led him to work on the support team for the Republic of the Seychelles at several COPs. In addition to this he is the founder and CEO of Island Innovation, an NGO specialising in promoting the best practices in sustainable development among islands

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