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.



Intellectual property rights and anti-competitive behaviour: Major deterrents to ecology and economic progress of SIDS

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) increasingly rely on emerging new opportunities in the high-tech and information and technology sectors to overcome limitations of isolation and remoteness. As examples, the sunrise industries for SIDS have been enumerated as e-commerce, telecommunications and tele-medicines and distance learning. In this quest, geographic information systems (GIS) and other information systems are believed to play a significant role. As a result, significant emphasis has been placed on the development of national, regional and supra-national information and database centres. It is therefore not an overstatement that information and communication technologies (ICT) are a critical ingredient in the pursuit of sustainable development in many SIDS. It is important to note that insofar as these industries have relatively smaller ecological footprints than other more traditional fields of industrial production, they will contribute to the ecological sustainability of SIDS. In reviewing the economic performance of these states, the experience over the decade has been a mixed bag. Most states, except the least developed ones, registered positive economic growth since 1994. Especially, over the same period, most of these nations achieved very satisfactory human development indices mainly in literacy and health. Most of these social and economic successes have been attributed to appropriate economic diversification, tourism, and the development of niche markets in goods and especially services


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