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I. CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEA-LEVEL RISE:

This chapter highlights the possible impact that such phenomena might have on SIDS. This was identified as a problem that confronts SIDS in particular and yet originates at a global level. This was apparent in the references made to the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the need for its ratification and entry into force. These references met with some opposition as delegates sometimes felt that the current PrepCom should not interfere with ongoing negotiations in other fora and so this part of the text remained in brackets. Means to respond to this phenomenon included monitoring and predictions, integrated coastal management as a way to provide response measures to the impacts of climate change, and greater exchange of information and experience between SIDS. SIDS and NGOs alike, however, stressed the futility of adopting such measures if an effort is not carried out at the global level to reduce CO2 emissions in an attempt to mitigate global warming and its impacts on sea-level rise.