Just Transitions in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

by Matthew Bishop, Cristina Argudin, Rachid Bouhia, George Carter, Jack Corbett, Courtney Lindsay, Michelle Scobie and Emily Wilkinson

2021
The British Academy
978-0-85672-675-0
22

Transitioning away from carbon-intensive industries in ways that generate equitable social and ecological outcomes is an urgent global priority. Yet there are important and under-appreciated limitations to the ‘Just Transitions’ concept as presently conceived when applied to small island development states (SIDS). These societies are unique in terms of size, capacity and exposure to outside forces, which means that climate change will affect them more rapidly and more devastatingly than any other group of states. This report highlights three specific problems, explains why they matter, and discusses how they might be remedied.

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