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.



Methods of analysis used in global and regional assessments and indices of performance in environmental governance

This chapter examines the analytical methods used in the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) reporting on the state of the environment. The flawed methods embedded in the DPSIR framework have significant implications for projecting the future of the planet. Policy-makers and their advisers need to be giving more attention to deficiencies in these frameworks, the inadequacies of the evidence base, and the consequences of using datawhose focus is on administrative regions and national states as distinct from geographical areas with common ecological, geological, topographical, economic and cultural coherence. The review also stresses the need for greater attention to the complexities of the ecology of small states and islands and drawbacks in attempting to apply simplistic causal and effect models to the process of change and intervention attending fragile ecosystems and their vulnerability to exogenous shocks.


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