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.




Somuch of man’s history has been about the achievement of technical progress in which marginal productivity continues to increase for the same levels of factors of production, that for centuries man has assumed this approach to development is incontestable. If he does not already live in the best of all possible worlds, then only time is arresting his inevitable progress to that end. People in small states and SIDS have for centuries enjoyed outstanding natural assets which are now increasingly threatened by an approach to economic development that values such natural wealth at zero. Such people, and the tourists who flock to their shores seeking a taste of paradise, seem too often bent on forms of development that are destroying these gifts of nature on which their survival depends. This book is offered as an antidote to this traditional western concept of progress and the narrow perspective of the liberalising march of history.


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