Saving Small Island Developing States

Environmental and Natural Resource Challenges

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Small may be beautiful, but small island states have a big problem – the environmental consequences of climate change. Emanating from research at the University of Mauritius and with contributions from a wide range of experts, Saving Small Island Developing States introduces and explains the key environmental policy challenges and suggested responses to them.

The book is divided into five sections. Section one provides a theoretical analysis of the issues and concepts. Section two presents four previously published but highly influential papers, which have set the terms of much of the debate on these issues. Section three uses case studies to examine the policy instruments and approaches adopted by small states. Section four looks at environmental policies in action and examines the position of small island states in the world trade arena. The final part explores the global dimensions of environmental management.

Designed particularly to assist the new generation of environmental and natural resource managers in small island states, it will also assist current government policy-makers, as well as academics and students in the fields of public policy and environmental and natural resource management more widely.



Acknowledgements and preface

The idea to develop this book for public policy-makers in small states and students of public policy emanated from the teaching of the module on environment and natural resource analysis as part of the public policy and administration masters at the University of Mauritius. In fact, Dr John L. Roberts gave the idea for this book and helped as an advisor in various capacities. This book, part of a wider project that introduced the public policy course at the University of Mauritius, benefitted fromthe lectures delivered by DrYetiNisha Madhoo, Dr John L. Roberts and Professor ShyamNath.Theministries of finance, economic development, environment and quality of life, international trade, foreign affairs and regional co-operation, education and health, public utilities and social services contributed by making their requirements for this course very specific. Moreover, academics from various universities around the world provided useful inputs. These included Professor James Robinson, Harvard University; Professor Alistair Munro, University of East Anglia; Professor Mukul Asher, National University of Singapore; Professor Larry Schroeder, Syracuse University; Professor Dan Atwood, Director of the School of International Social Affairs, University of Minnesota; Professor RoyW. Bahl, Georgia State University, Atlanta; and Professor Glenn Withers, Australian National University; University of Western Australia in Perth, Washington State University in Seattle, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.


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