Green Economy in a Blue World: Pacific Perspectives

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June 2014
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

This publication Green Economy in a Blue World: Pacific Perspectives offers green economy analyses, linked to a range of policy options, to better balance Pacific development in our pursuit of a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable future. While vulnerability of small island developing states is increasing due to impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, coping capacity has not. In addition, strong economic performance of some Pacific island countries, particularly Papua New Guinea, has not always been accompanied by equally strong development gains. The challenge therefore lies in turning opportunities into sustainable economic, social and environmentally responsible benefits for the people of the Pacific.

For green economy policies to make an impact, they must be adapted to fit the context of each member State. Sustainable development requires local strategies, with locally relevant policies, based on the specific terrestrial and marine environment, culture, and social circumstances. Production, transport and service delivery costs, for example, are higher in the Pacific than in any other area. The challenges of isolation, size and small populations make balancing economic, social and environmental development even more challenging.

This publication explores the concept of a green economy in the Pacific, including a summary of the opportunities, challenges and constraints.

The publication includes case studies of Vanuatu, Tonga, Palau and Samoa.

Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu
Asia, Oceania