Tools for Mainstreaming Sustainable Development in Small States

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Tools for Mainstreaming Sustainable Development in Small States provides a thorough grounding in bringing sustainable development to the forefront of policy-making.

By taking a cross-departmental approach to national planning, more human and financial resources would be available for policy implementation. This is of particular relevance to small states, as they have limited access to resources and are by nature inherently vulnerable.

The book is divided into four parts. Part one explores how small states can move from the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation (MSI) to devising practical national strategies; part two addresses the need for legislative change; part three tackles the social and environmental aspects of progress with MSI; and finally, part four examines methods for monitoring progress.

Contributors to the chapters range from international academics to economists, providing both a theoretical and practical approach. Through case study examples from small states, this book offers invaluable insights into the complexities of implementing sustainable development.



National laws as an instrument for the implementation of treaty obligations

The growth of modern environmental diplomacy over the past three decades or so has led to a growth in the number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), partly in response to concerns about global environmental issues and partly out of a recognition by the international community that such problems cannot be solved by an individual country, irrespective of how strong it may be, but only by collective action among nations. It is through these treaties, conventions and agreements that environmental norms and standards are established and applied. Many of these MEAs have been signed, acceded to and ratified by the Caribbean SIDS, in particular since 1992. The coverage of these MEAs is extensive and addresses a wide spectrum of environmental and natural resources issues which are critical to the environmental and sustainable development of Caribbean SIDS. A selection of some of the most important MEAs which are relevant to the environmental and sustainable use of natural resources in the Caribbean are clustered and presented in Table 6.1.The clusters identified cover, inter alia,wildlife and biodiversity conservation; the protection of traditional knowledge;marine and coastal resources, theirmanagement and protection and marine safety; the protection of atmospheric systems (i.e. ozone depletion and climate change); sustainable landmanagement;waste and chemicalmanagement; and the protection of human health and environmental and cultural and natural heritage.


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