Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are acutely vulnerable. Their limited land mass creates competing demands on natural ecosystems and magnifies the damaging effects of poor land-use practices. Their remote location brings with it higher costs for energy, transport and communications, while extreme weather events can sometimes wipe out a country's gross domestic product overnight.

Because of their size, SIDS cannot benefit from economies of scale, so an integrated approach is most likely to help address the special challenges they face. Ocean and coastal zones are crucial to the livelihoods of producers, making the sustainable development of these environments critical.

Contributors to this volume review the steps that SIDS have taken in formulating national sustainable development strategies and explore some of the problems that have yet to be resolved. One case study explores the approach taken by Papua New Guinea and assesses some of its achievements and shortcomings. Another chapter reviews the significance of ocean and marine resource management to small States in the Pacific Ocean and highlights the need for co-ordination among regional organisations. Other topics include renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation technologies, and regional approaches taken by small States to address the threat of climate change.

Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States: Issues and Challenges
Commonwealth Secretariat, 2008. 80 pp.
ISBN 978-0-85092-879-2
GBP15 - €19
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