Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States

Issues and Challenges

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About one fifth of all politically independent countries are small island developing states. For these countries, sustainable development is not a matter of choice, it is imperative.

Highly vulnerable due to their size and isolation, small states have had to pursue development paths that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. They also face particularly stark impacts from climate change. This book details experiences and lessons from small island developing states in their efforts to balance environment and development needs, and getting these to work in harmony. Above all the message of this book is that this process still has some way to go, but we have learned valuable lessons that will help to support integrated and participatory planning for sustainable development in the future. In five chapters the expert contributors discuss:

• existing national sustainable development strategies

• Papua New Guinea’s experience in implementing sustainable development

• the significance of ocean and marine resource management

• renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation technologies

• the threat of climate change

This book seeks to initiate a debate on how to support a new wave of action for sustainable development.



Rethinking Oceans and Marine Resource Management Padma Narsey Lal

Strategic development and management of the Pacific Ocean’s marine resources at national and regional level is critical to Pacific islanders’ ability to meet their changing needs and aspirations and to maintain their unique lifestyle. The Pacific region is renowned for its small islands and big ocean, and the natural beauty of its people, places and cultures. The Pacific community prides itself on its ‘Pacific way’ lifestyle, where communal living and reciprocal social relationships are emphasised, and which is often at odds with the pressures of individualism encouraged by market forces. The Pacific is also a region that is going through rapid change due to high population growth and the changing needs and aspirations of its people, including increasing consumerism. The people of the Pacific live in the modern world, but at the same time have strong trad itional ties and have kept their culture alive. But traditional systems are being gradually weakened by the forces of globalisation and the market economy.


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