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.



Climate change and SIDS

Rising concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are changing the world’s climate. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)1,11 out of the 12 years prior to 2006 rank in the 12warmest years on the planet since records began in 1850 (IPCC, 2007). Gradual temperature increases are occurring around theworld, but are highest in the more extreme latitudes and are greater on land than in the ocean regions. Meanwhile, ocean temperatures have increased up to a depth of 3,000 metres (IPCC, 2007). The greatest temperature rises have been found in the Arctic,where annual mean temperatures have increased at twice the rate of theworld average.


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