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.



Managing the sustainable development of small island states

Garrett Hardin, in his seminal examination of the un-sustainability of openly-accessible natural resources in the face of population growth, noted that the dilemma of market failure could not be resolved by technical means. Since Hardin’s analysis in the 1960s, global annual population growth rates have declined to below 1 per cent in industrialised countries and in Eastern Europe to just above replacement level. The role of population growth as the principal factor in denying future generations the benefits of current levels of natural resources is diminishing. But, in small and island states, the tragedy of the commons1 is exacerbated by their inherent economic and environmental vulnerability. A loss in the value of environmental quality can quickly have a negative effect on economic development, quality of life and social welfare of local communities.


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