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 Seychelles

The concept of the ‘green economy’ is still under debate. Many countries are apprehensive of the process of transitioning to a green economy. They fear that greening key economic sectors could reduce economic growth, while committing them to costly investments and diverting attention away from pressing economic priorities. For these and other reasons, the shift to a green economy and adoption of green growth principles, while a reality in a growing number of countries, has generally been slow.


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