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.



Making sense of the Millennium Development Goals

This chapter critically reviews how well the United Nations (UN) system of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is suited to the needs of natural resource analysis for sustainable development in small and island states. The MDGs have been promoted through the UN system as a tool for policy development and planning but are seriously flawed both for this purpose in general and for use in relation to the special environmental concerns and needs of small and island states. The chapter examines the scope and content of the UN MDG system and its relevance to the policy and planning needs of small and island states. It identifies the principal gaps and deficiencies which need to be taken into account in establishing priorities for sustainable development in such countries that are especially vulnerable economically and environmentally to exogenous shocks, and which in many cases have little capacity for resilience.


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