Transitioning to a Green Economy

Political Economy of Approaches in Small States

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While the term ‘green economy’ has been widely used at the international level, very little information exists about what the concept looks like in practice. What are the policies required? What are the challenges of implementation at national level?

This book contains case studies from eight small states that have committed publicly to greening their economies: Botswana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Mauritius, Nauru, Samoa and Seychelles. It provides insights into the success of various initiatives and highlights how small states themselves are making practical progress on a green economy approach.



The Political Economy of Transitioning to a Green Economy in Guyana

Guyana, a small1 state with a stable population of approximately 756,000, is located in the north-eastern corner of the South American continent between 1°10' and 8°35' north and 56°20' and 61°23' west of the equator (Figure 4.1). Guyana’s coastline, which is inhabited by approximately 90 per cent of the population, lies at 1.4 metres below mean high-tide level, and is particularly vulnerable to flooding, erosion and salinisation.


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