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Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States

Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States

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01 June 2008
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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.
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  • Introduction

    This volume is a tribute to the work of the late Dr Albert Nita, who was a senior lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1993 and a prolific writer and adviser on environmental and sustainable development issues. It was sparked by a presentation he made at a workshop on National Sustainable Development Strategies in Pacific Island States organised by the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), 4–5 May 2006

  • The Development of National Sustainable Development Strategies in Small Island Developing States Saki Hirano

    A national sustainable development strategy (NSDS) is a co-ordinated, participatory and iter ative process of thoughts and actions to achieve economic, environmental and social objectives in a balanced and integrated manner at national and local levels. The process encompasses situation analysis, formulation of policies and action plans, implementation, monitoring and regular review. It is a cyclical and interactive process of planning, participation and action, in which the emphasis is on managing progress towards sustainability goals rather than producing a ‘plan’ as an end product

  • Risk, Consultation and Participation in the Creation of a National Sustainable Development Strategy in Papua New Guinea Albert Nita

    Sustainable development is the concept of the pursuit of long-term economic and social growth without reducing the quality of the environment. It is especially relevant to the survival of small states, although difficult to implement, even where it can be adequately defined for operational purposes. The successful outcome of the pursuit of sustainable development in small states requires an analysis of the capacities for action, the constraints and the inherent risks. One approach to achieving sustainable development takes place within government systems, where planning agencies are able to enhance their overall planning, implementation and monitoring roles by creating and implementing an NSDS through consultation and participation. This article examines the consultation and participation experience of Papua New Guinea and analyses the constraints, risks and lessons learned.

  • 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.

  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Small States David Barrett

    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.It has long been recognised that the sustainable supply of energy services is an imperative which delineates the viable developmental options which any sovereign island nation can select as it provides for current and future generations. Energy services – the appropriate use of energy to achieve desired productive outputs – play a crucial role in facilitating the implementation of nation-specific options for all small island developing state regions.

  • Climate Change and Small Island Developing States Lino Briguglio, Kanayathu Koshy, Leonard Nurse and Poh Poh Wong

    About one fifth of all politically independent countries are small island developing states. They are found in all regions of the world, but most of them are located in the South Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. One of the greatest challenges faced by these states in achieving sustainable development relates to climate change. It is a matter of great concern to them that although they contribute very little to global warming, they will be harmed most by its effects.

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