SIDS-FOCUSED Green Economy: An Analysis of Challenges and Opportunities
The concept of the Green Economy is a relatively new idea, which has been selected as one of the prominent themes of the Rio+20 Conference. For SIDS like other developing countries, the concept needs to be interpreted according to their individual sustainable development priorities and national economic and social conditions.
At the same time, the development and implementation of a Green Economy strategy would have to be consistent with the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation that have clearly outlined the way forward in pursuit of sustainable development for SIDS. The Rio+20 Conference provides an opportunity in particular for SIDS, to start taking advantage of what a Green Economy approach might offer to them. This present synthesis publication seeks to highlight important issues in selected sectors of particular relevance to SIDS with respect to the Green Economy, and provides a number of SIDS-focused policy recommendations in the respective sectors.
In the preparations for Rio+20, Member States, in conjunction with other stakeholders, have identified several focus areas for priority attention for SIDS. These are, inter alia: small- scale Fisheries and Aquaculture, Tourism, Water, Energy, and Waste, which are included in this report. It is clear to all that efforts must be made to create the necessary enabling environment towards a more effective development pathway. A green economy is such an approach, and a means to achieving sustainable development. It provides a platform for guiding discussion towards implementation in priority areas and cross-cutting issues in the hope of strong and consolidated action from all Member States.
This Synthesis Report intends to help further engage SIDS in particular, but entire international community as a whole, to review the proposals. It is hoped, that this Report will assist in stimulating more policy deliberations on green economy, and pursuing the strategies that best suit the needs of countries.
Author: UNEP, UN DESA, FAO
Year of publication: 2012