Integrating Sustainable Development into National Frameworks

Policy Approaches for Key Sectors in Small States

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This book brings policy-making for sustainable development into the mainstream of decision-making at all levels of governance and in all sectors.

It builds on the 2005 internationally agreed ‘Mauritius Strategy’ which aims to implement the integration of sustainable development by small island developing states.

Designed as a handbook for policy-makers and planners in government, as well as business and civil society leaders, it covers seven of the twenty issues that have been outlined in the Mauritius Strategy as being important for the sustainable development of SIDS – disaster management; marine resources; freshwater resources; land resources; energy resources; tourism resources and trade.

It brings together best practices, policy options and development prospects that small states can pursue in order to achieve real progress in these fields. It covers the progress and experiences of countries in the Caribbean region, the Pacific region, and the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Mediterranean region in their implementation of sustainable development in these areas. It also provides a useful point of reference and stimulus to policy-makers and their supporting colleagues from all sectors.



Emerging Lessons from Integrating Labour and Fisheries into Trade Agreements

A New Vision for the Pacific Region

The economic vulnerability of small states, including those in the Pacific region, has largely been attributed to their inherent characteristics and problems. These include their physical isolation and distance from main markets, minimal share of world trade, low productivity and insufficient supply, inability to diversify production, high transport and transit costs, difficulties in attracting foreign investment, and low competitiveness.1 The literature has also shown that there are notable examples where small island states such as Barbados, Malta and Cyprus have managed to build relatively high resilience through sound macroeconomic management and good governance policies (Briguglio et al., 2006).


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