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 Small States

The United Nations (UN) recognises 38 small island developing states (SIDS) and a further 14 SIDS that are not UN members. The Commonwealth defines small states as those with a population of 1.5 million or less, but considers some larger countries (e.g. Botswana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Namibia and Papua New Guinea) as small states because they share many of their characteristics.


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