Oceans and natural resources

The Commonwealth Secretariat assists its member countries to sustainably manage their natural resources, in the ocean and on land, for the benefit of present and future generations. Our publications offer governments legal and technical support to develop policies and laws, strengthen national institutions, and deliver creative solutions as they seek to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

Contributor: Daniel Wilde
Series title: Economic Paper
Number within series: 96
Publication date: 21 October 2016
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This Economic Paper analyses key issues in natural resource taxation and revenue management and recommends policies that can improve countriesā€™ economic performance. The discussion draws on economic theory, empirical evidence and the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Series title: Commonwealth Blue Economy Series
Number within series: 1
Publication date: 30 September 2016
Format: Paperback

Island nations have benefited from their ocean resources, with marine uses and activities contributing to their economic development. There is a growing appreciation of the critical role oceans play in sustainable economic growth and the need to manage and protect coastal and marine ecosystems that are the fundamental basis for that growth.

Series title: Commonwealth Blue Economy Series
Number within series: 4
Publication date: 30 September 2016
Format: Paperback

This fourth volume in the Commonwealth Blue Economy Series, Marine Renewable Energy, explores the potential for the development of the blue economy by providing a high-level review of actions needed to progress marine renewable energy generation in SIDS.

Series title: Commonwealth Blue Economy Series
Number within series: 2
Publication date: 30 September 2016
Format: Paperback

This second volume of the Commonwealth Blue Economy Series, Aquaculture, explores the potential for the development of a blue economy mariculture industry, as well as specific enabling conditions that could assist in moving towards economic reality where opportunities exist.

Series title: Commonwealth Blue Economy Series
Number within series: 3
Publication date: 30 September 2016
Format: Paperback

This third volume in the Commonwealth Blue Economy Series, Capture Fisheries, describes challenges in managing capture fisheries, and strategies and activities that could be undertaken by SIDS to make improvements. Includes case studies illustrating positive actions that have been taken by SIDS and their outcomes.

Series title: Commonwealth Blue Economy Series
Number within series: 5
Publication date: 30 September 2016
Format: Paperback

This fifth volume in the Commonwealth Blue Economy Series, Blue Biotechnology, provides a high-level assessment of the opportunities available for economic diversification through the development of a blue biotechnology sector in SIDS for food, health products and pharmaceuticals.

Publication date: 15 December 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Saving Small Developing Island States introduces the key policy challenges small island states face in dealing with the environmental consequences of climate change. It will be of interest to environmental and natural resource managers in small island states, government policy-makers, and academics and students in the fields of public policy.

Contributor: Daniel Dumas
Series title: Transformation of Societies Series
Publication date: 1 October 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Illustrated by case studies of good practice from across the Commonwealth, this book will help government decision-makers ensure that the extractive industries (dealing with the extraction of non-renewable natural resources - notably oil, gas and minerals) transform society for the better, while minimising the risk of instability and conflict.

Series title: Economic Paper Series
Publication date: 1 February 2009
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Considers the likely effects on African, Caribbean and Pacific countries of the European Union's Directive on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, planned to be implemented from 2010.