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Recognition of the health of 'island biodiversity' as the bottom line for the economy and sustainable development [#1029]
The biodiversity of islands supported livelihoods, human health and wellbeing, the economy and society. Biodiversity is the basis of the economy and sustainable use of biodiversity based resources is crucial in the face of global climate change problem.
posted on 2011-12-09 12:25 UTC by Ms Nenenteiti Teariki-Ruatu, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development
 
RE: Recognition of the health of 'island biodiversity' as the bottom line for the economy and sustainable development [#1036]
As with most small communities, in many islands in the Lesser Antilles, legislators are often connected by familial or businesses relationships to those they serve. This can create a conflict of interest regarding development policy, particularly if there is personal financial gain or gain for close associates in allowing growth which does not take into account biodiversity conservation. Demonstrating the economic value of conservation in raw numbers and ensuring transparency will need to be an integral part of implementing sustainable development policy. Particularly in locations with weak environmental legislation and/or enforcement, we must show that conservation has financial benefits.
(edited on 2011-12-09 15:16 UTC by Mrs. Natalia Collier)
posted on 2011-12-09 15:14 UTC by Mrs. Natalia Collier, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC)
 
RE: Recognition of the health of 'island biodiversity' as the bottom line for the economy and sustainable development [#1040]
Thanks Natalia for your comment and i totally agree. The challenge with the environment and biodiversity as the basis of the economy and sustainable development and the importance of sustainable use of biodiversity, needs to be recognized at national, regional and international levels. Weak legislations and policies are some of the barriers that countries face, where recognition of the important role of biodiversity and its enormous benefits this could bring to enhancing economic growth, are concerned. I sincerely hope that the review process of this important POWIB, would give this in-depth consideration on this important area and making clear linkages between the importance of protecting, managing and sustainbly using biodiversity as the basis of sustainable development and economic growth. This would be extremely useful for environment practitioners in countries concerned.
posted on 2011-12-09 22:50 UTC by Ms Nenenteiti Teariki-Ruatu, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development
 

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