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Ecology and economics in small islands: constructing a framework for sustainable development

  • Stephen M. J. Bass

Abstract

The potential for small islands to pursue sustainable development depends upon maintaining the quality of their necessarily limited natural resources. At their most basic, these resources provide essential life-support systems: maintaining water supplies and soil fertility, and protecting the island from coastal erosion. Yet, historically, many small islands have developed by liquidating natural capital, a process having its origin in the ‘frontier’ culture of western economies. As a result, the natural life-support systems — for which there are few substitutes — are now critically diminished.

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Sustainable Development Coral Reef Geographic Information System Small Island Upland Forest 
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