Sustainable development

This is a collection of website links that concern various issues related to the sustainable development of remote island societies. Please report any dead links via email and feel free to recommend any websites or documents you think might complement the selection.

Integrated Biodiversity Strategies for Islands and Coastal Areas

IBSICA seeks to identify how living conditions can be improved on islands and coastal zones, with sensible use of biodiversity for the benefit of local populations.

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Social Choice, Welfare Distributions and Poverty

Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998 for his contributions to the field of welfare economics.

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International Scientific Council for Island Development

An independent body helping to bring together people who consider islands and their progress to be a shared heritage. Aims to contribute to the economic, social and cultural progress of islands throughout the world, as well as to the protection of island environment and the development of their resources.

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Renewable Energy on Small Islands

An overview of renewable energy on small islands, preparing for global co-operation and networking among Renewable Energy Islands (REI’s).

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Socio-cultural dimensions of island development

Addresses the issue of sustainability from the standpoint that cultural diversity is as important a factor for development as biological diversity, insofar as it involves the existence of a process of exchanges, open to renewal and innovation but also committed to tradition, and not aiming at the preservation of a static set of behaviours, values and expressions.

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Sustainable Development of Small Island Economies

Covers issues related to the insular economies of small islands and the importance of developing policies that pursue sustainable development.

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Small Island Developing States Network

SIDSnet covers themes such as sustainable tourism, coastal and marine resources, biodiversity, climate change, energy and trade. The website includes discussion forums, chat conferences, focused searching, document submission and storage, mailing lists, events calendar and links to relevant web sites.

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Island Resources Foundation

The Foundation is dedicated to solving the environmental problems of development in small tropical islands to ensure long-term strategies are implemented for the public management of the precious and delicate resources of small islands.

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Sustainable Tourism Development

Discusses the environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts of tourism.

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Permaculture is a system of sustainable agriculture intended to enrich local eco-systems.

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People and Plants International

The PPI network brings together local and international experts to combine traditional knowledge and biological sciences in the most advanced and integrated development, conservation, and education projects.

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Soil salinization

This article explains what salinization is, how to recognize it and how to deal with it; including a case study involving an ecological farming system that helps to prevent salinization occurring.

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Skyjuice Foundation

The Skyjuice Foundation supplies quality drinking water systems to developing nations. Their primary target groups are communities and families who do not have access to reticulated clean water. Their secondary target groups are persons and/or communities affected by natural disasters who require immediate clean and safe potable water.

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