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Transitioning to a green economy : political economy of approaches in small states

Author: Nadine Smith; Anna Halton; Janet R Strachan; Commonwealth Secretariat.
Publisher: London : Commonwealth Secretariat, [2014]
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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,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nadine Smith; Anna Halton; Janet R Strachan; Commonwealth Secretariat.
ISBN: 1849291276 9781849291279
OCLC Number: 871061396
Description: xxi, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.1. Introduction / David Smith --
1.1.1. Green growth and the green economy / David Smith --
1.2. Background / David Smith --
1.2.1. The effect of disasters on small economies / David Smith --
1.3. Conceptualisation of the green economy in the case countries / David Smith --
1.3.1. Small states perspective on green economy and green growth / David Smith --
1.4. Green growth and the implementation of the green economy / David Smith --
1.4.1. Governance / David Smith --
1.5. Potential options for policy analysis and action / David Smith --
1.5.1. Stakeholder involvement in policy development / David Smith --
1.5.2. Economic diversification / David Smith --
1.5.3. Strategic planning / David Smith --
1.6. Main themes arising from the studies / David Smith --
1.6.1. The need to finance green growth and changes to the economy / David Smith --
1.6.2. The need for human and social capital to be increased and managed by governments / David Smith --
1.6.3. The need to diversify the economy and increase its effective size / David Smith. 1.6.4. The need to ensure the maintenance and management of natural capital / David Smith --
1.6.5. The role of energy and energy cost in the economy / David Smith --
1.6.6. The need for strong leadership from government and the increased role of the private and not-for-profit sectors / David Smith --
1.7. Recommendations / David Smith --
1.8. Conclusion / David Smith --
Notes / David Smith --
References / David Smith --
2.1. Introduction / David Smith --
2.1.1. Botswana's human population and development / David Smith --
2.1.2. Development and environment challenges / David Smith --
2.1.3. National development planning / David Smith --
2.2. Conceptualisation of the green economy concept in Botswana / David Smith --
2.2.1. The concept of a green economy / David Smith --
2.2.2. Botswana's steps towards a green economy / David Smith --
2.3. Implementation of green economy relevant initiatives / David Smith --
2.3.1. Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) / David Smith --
2.3.2. Natural resource accounting / David Smith --
2.3.3. Botswana and green economy policy initiatives / David Smith --
2.3.4. Integrated water resources management and water demand management / David Smith. 2.3.5. Community-based natural resource management / David Smith --
2.3.6. Lessons from relevant initiatives / David Smith --
2.4. Opportunities for greening Botswana's economy / David Smith --
2.4.1. Renewable natural resource-based economic diversification / David Smith --
2.4.2. Reducing natural resource wastages / David Smith --
2.4.3. Maintaining renewable natural capital / David Smith --
2.4.4. Enhancing the green economy policy environment / David Smith --
2.4.5. Green technology development / David Smith --
2.4.6. Investing in green economy / David Smith --
2.4.7. Increasing productive use of water and land resources / David Smith --
2.5. Institutional structure and capacity for greening the economy / David Smith --
2.6. Concluding remarks / David Smith --
Notes / David Smith --
References / David Smith --
3.1. Introduction / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.2. Contextual considerations / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.3. The concept of the green economy in the small state of Grenada / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.3.1. Regional dialogue on the green economy / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.3.2. The Grenadian economy / Spencer Linus Thomas. 3.3.3. Social sector / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.3.4. Environmental issues / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.4. Green economy conceptualisation and policy / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.5. Implementation of the green economy / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.5.1. Energy / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.5.2. Tourism / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.5.3. Water / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.5.4. Transportation / Spencer Linus Thomas --
3.6. Conclusion / Spencer Linus Thomas --
Notes / Spencer Linus Thomas --
References / Spencer Linus Thomas --
4.1. Setting the context / Paulette Bynoe --
4.1.1. Introducing Guyana / Paulette Bynoe --
4.1.2. Climate change impacts and Guyana's response / Paulette Bynoe --
4.1.3. Purpose of this case study / Paulette Bynoe --
4.2. Green economy: a national perspective / Paulette Bynoe --
4.2.1. Stakeholders' perspectives on a green economy / Paulette Bynoe --
4.2.2. The Guyana Low Carbon Development Strategy / Paulette Bynoe --
4.2.3. Supporting national Policy, strategy and legislative and organisational frameworks / Paulette Bynoe. 4.3. Guyana's transformation to a green economy: implementation activities, challenges and opportunities / Paulette Bynoe --
4.3.1. Implementation activities from a sectoral perspective / Paulette Bynoe --
4.3.2. Forestry and land use / Paulette Bynoe --
4.3.3. Energy / Paulette Bynoe --
4.3.4. Agriculture / Paulette Bynoe --
4.3.5. Social sectors / Paulette Bynoe --
4.3.6. Information and communications technology / Paulette Bynoe --
4.3.7. Gaps and challenges / Paulette Bynoe --
4.3.8. Opportunities / Paulette Bynoe --
4.4. Gender and the green economy, with specific reference to the Mainstay/Whyaka community in Guyana / Paulette Bynoe --
4.4.1. The impact of global climate change on gender / Paulette Bynoe --
4.4.2. Local women in a green economy / Paulette Bynoe --
4.4.3. Positive measures taken by women to adapt to a green economy: the Mainstay/Whyaka community experience / Paulette Bynoe --
4.4.4. Demographic and social profile of respondents / Paulette Bynoe --
4.4.5. Gender and income-generating activities / Paulette Bynoe. 4.4.6. Other benefits of a green economy at the local level / Paulette Bynoe --
4.4.7. Challenges identified by women / Paulette Bynoe --
4.5. Conclusion and recommendations / Paulette Bynoe --
4.5.1. Conclusion / Paulette Bynoe --
4.5.2. General recommendations / Paulette Bynoe --
4.5.3. Specific recommendations for the Mainstay/Whyaka community to transform to a green economy / Paulette Bynoe --
4.5.4. Concluding statement / Paulette Bynoe --
Notes / Paulette Bynoe --
References / Paulette Bynoe --
5.1. Introduction / Michael Witter --
5.2. The greening of the economy / Michael Witter --
5.2.1. Profile of the Jamaican economy / Michael Witter --
5.2.2. Introduction of the concept of greening in development advocacy and public policy in Jamaica / Michael Witter --
5.3. Strategies for a green economy / Michael Witter --
5.3.1. Energy sector / Michael Witter --
5.3.2. Transport sector / Michael Witter --
5.3.3. Tourism sector / Michael Witter --
5.4. Transformation to a green economy / Michael Witter --
5.4.1. Constraints to the transformation process / Michael Witter. 5.4.2. Drivers for the transformation process / Michael Witter --
5.4.3. Policies and actions to implement the commitment to transform the economy / Michael Witter --
5.4.4. Priorities in a strategy for implementation / Michael Witter --
5.5. Conclusions / Michael Witter --
Notes / Michael Witter --
References / Michael Witter --
Selected additional relevant reading / Michael Witter --
6.1. Introduction / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.2. Mauritius: human and natural capital / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.3. Development trends / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.4. Green economy: the view from stakeholders and business leaders / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.5. The national response to the sustainable development challenge / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.5.1. The MID policy and action plan / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.5.2. Sustaining green Mauritius / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.5.3. The Maurice Ile Durable (MID) Fund / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.5.4. The blue economy / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.5.5. Energy / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.5.6. Sustainable consumption and production / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.5.7. Financing green growth / Vasantt K. Jogoo. 6.6. Challenges facing green economy / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.6.1. Availability of green products locally / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.6.2. The cost factor / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.6.3. Availability of sustainable goods and services in the international market / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.6.4. Ability to deliver to an international market / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.6.5. Instruments and tools to certify and verify sustainability of products / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.6.6. Conformity assessment infrastructure / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.6.7. Role of small and medium-sized enterprises / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.6.8. The private sector's role in the green economy / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.6.9. Awards to encourage carbon footprint reduction / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
6.7. Conclusion / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
Notes / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
References / Vasantt K. Jogoo --
7.1. Introduction / Graham Baines --
7.2. Small island developing state / Graham Baines --
7.2.1. Nauru as a mountain / Graham Baines --
7.2.2. Nauru's economy / Graham Baines --
7.2.3. Nauru's development background / Graham Baines --
7.2.4. Nauru as a small state / Graham Baines. 7.2.5. Nauru's approach to 'greening' / Graham Baines --
7.3. Keys to a green future / Graham Baines --
7.3.1. A more diversified economy / Graham Baines --
7.3.2. A sound legal framework / Graham Baines --
7.3.3. A healthy and literate community / Graham Baines --
7.3.4. A truly integrated approach to development / Graham Baines --
7.3.5. Water is crucial / Graham Baines --
7.3.6. Land secured and productive / Graham Baines --
7.3.7. Mined 'Topside' liveable and productive / Graham Baines. Note continued: 7.3.8. Resources of the sea used sustainably / Graham Baines --
7.3.9. Maximum use of local energy sources / Graham Baines --
7.3.10. Successful adaptation to climate change / Graham Baines --
7.3.11. Regulation of land use / Graham Baines --
7.3.12. Removing a burden of waste / Graham Baines --
7.3.13. Technology for 'greening' / Graham Baines --
7.4. Support through regional co-operation and development partners / Graham Baines --
7.5. The Nauru experience --
conclusion and recommendations / Graham Baines --
7.5.1. Nauru's situation in summary / Graham Baines --
7.5.2. Issues in the 'greening' of Nauru's economy / Graham Baines --
7.5.3. Prospects fora 'blue' future / Graham Baines --
Notes / Graham Baines --
References / Graham Baines --
Selected additional relevant resources / Graham Baines --
8.1. Drivers of transformation to a green economy / Graham Baines. 8.2. Samoa the small state / Graham Baines --
8.2.1. Country description / Graham Baines --
8.2.2. Physical environment / Graham Baines --
8.2.3. Economy / Graham Baines --
8.2.4. Environment and resources / Graham Baines --
8.2.5. Infrastructure / Graham Baines --
8.3. Green economy concept / Graham Baines --
8.4. Pathways for transformation into a green economy / Graham Baines --
8.5. Transformation of Samoa's economy into a green economy / Graham Baines --
8.5.1. Political will / Graham Baines --
8.5.2. Legislative frameworks / Graham Baines --
8.5.3. Samoa development strategies / Graham Baines --
8.5.4. Greening of the sectors / Graham Baines --
8.5.5. Pacific regional efforts for green economy transformation / Graham Baines --
8.6. Constraints for transforming Samoa's economy into a green economy / Graham Baines --
8.7. Conclusion / Graham Baines --
Notes / Graham Baines --
References / Graham Baines --
Selected additional relevant reading / Graham Baines. 9.1. Introduction / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.2. The green economy in Seychelles / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.3. The green economy context / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.3.1. Economic vulnerability / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.3.2. Sustainable development challenges / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.3.3. Rationale for a green economy / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.4. Conceptualisation of the green economy / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.4.1. The process / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.4.2. Sustainable development planning: an overview of EMPS I and II / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.4.3. Seychelles Sustainable Development Strategy (2012-2020) / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.5. Implementation of SSDS 2012-2020 / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.5.1. Critical success factors / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.5.2. Constraints / Vinaye Ancharaz --
9.6. Conclusion and recommendations / Vinaye Ancharaz --
Notes / Vinaye Ancharaz.
Responsibility: edited by Nadine Smith, Anna Halton and Janet Strachan.

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