Climate Smart Technologies

Author: Walter Leal Filho
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 364237753X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The book addresses the perceived need for a publication with looks at both, climate smart technologies and the integration of renewable energy and energy efficiency in mitigation and adaptation responses. Based on a set of papers submitted as part of the fifth on-line climate conference (CLIMATE 2012) and a major conference on renewable energy on island States held in Mauritius in 2012, the book provides a wealth of information on climate change strategies and the role of smart technologies. The book has been produced in the context of the project "Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network" (DIREKT), funded by the ACP Science and Technology Programme, an EU programme for cooperation between the European Union and the ACP region. ​

Achieving Sustainable E Government in Pacific Island States

Author: Rowena Cullen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319509721
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book analyzes the common set of obstacles to the development and integration of government Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects and effective e-government initiatives in developing countries. It draws on the expertise and experience of more developed states in the Pacific, notably Australia and New Zealand, both highly rated in global rankings for e-government and active in a variety of e-government development projects across the region. There has been a general failure to identify priorities and align projects with local needs in ICT/e-government projects. Small Island Developing States (or SIDS) present a unique problem in terms of e-government. Not only do they suffer from a common set of barriers to ICT development such as their remoteness, geographical dispersion, moist tropical climates, largely rural populations, and lack of ICT capacity and infrastructure, but are also dependent on external agencies for investment, and must negotiate with powerful donors who have conflicting agendas. E-government is widely regarded as 'transformational', increasing efficiency, productivity, accountability, economic growth, and citizen involvement. But while the governments of SIDS are committed to harnessing ICTs for effective government and economic development, they face major challenges in establishing successful e-government initiatives, due to the problems outlined above, coupled with a lack of HR capacities and appropriate strategies and policies. Drawing on the experience of the states mentioned above, as well as regional quasi-governmental bodies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), aid agencies, and the private sector, the book will be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of e-government, public administration, political science, communication, information science, and social media.

The Cook Islands

Author: Asian Development Bank
Publisher: Asian Development Bank
ISBN: 9292571486
Format: PDF, Docs
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The Cook Islands is among the best performing Pacific island economies, with many structures in place that support private sector investment, including an internationally competitive tax regime, an open trade regime, and good standards of education and health care. Future prospects are positive due to the growing tourism sector, and potential resource revenues from seabed minerals prospecting activities are another favorable development. The Government of the Cook Islands is committed to pursuing sustainable development through private-sector-led growth. Yet, the Cook Islands faces significant challenges in realizing its full potential, including a sluggish business entry process that discourages foreign investment, inadequate infrastructure that threatens to degrade the natural environment, complex land ownership and inadequate land use planning processes, and a weak collateral framework.

Taking Control of Oil

Author: Asian Development Bank
Publisher: Asian Development Bank
ISBN: 9292547437
Format: PDF
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This publication provides a comprehensive assessment of recent global oil price trends, the exposure of Pacific developing member countries to oil price increases and its implications for social and economic development in the region. It also offers a number of policy options for managing risks associated with heavy dependence on oil imports and proposes a path for diversifying the energy mix in Pacific developing member countries.

Small States

Author: Commonwealth Secretariat
Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat
ISBN: 9780850928631
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This unique annual collection of key economic and statistical data on the world's small states--those with fewer than five million inhabitants--is an essential reference for economists, planners and policy makers. The book contains fifty-one tables covering selected economic and social indicators culled from international and national sources and presents information unavailable elsewhere. A detailed parallel commentary on trends in Commonwealth small states, looking at growth, employment, inflation and economic policy issues, permits a deeper understanding of developments behind the figures. The book also includes three topical articles: The Effects of Limited Diversification on Small States--Stephen Fletcher, St. George's University, Grenada; Insights into the Economic Development of Small, Often Island, Economies--Godfrey Baldacchino, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada and Geoff Bertram of Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand; and Macroeconomic Stability in Small States--Lawrence L. Schembri, Bank of Canada.