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.



Coastal lagoon management in three Pacific Island situations: Is scientific knowledge used effectively?

The small islands of the South Pacific region, like many other parts of the world, are experiencing population growth and, more particularly, the movement of people into major urban centres. Most Pacific cities, especially the capitals of regional countries, are located in naturally protected coastal waterways. This is a historical situation, arising from the need to provide protected deep-water harbours for ships, the main form of international travel and trade.Thesewaters are protected by offshore barrier reefs, by islands or by riverine deltas. However, these protective mechanisms also have the effect of limiting mixing of near-shore and open-ocean waters (Viles and Spencer, 1995). This provides an opportunity for problem materials, derived from human activities, to accumulate in the nearshore waters and the marine zone with which most people interact.


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