Trade, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Key Issues for Small States, Least Developed Countries and Vulnerable Economies

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Trade, Climate Change and Sustainable Development
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Publication date: 1 December 2009
Size: 240mm x 165mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-881-5
Pages: 172

Responding to climate change is a global challenge with significant implications for small developing countries. Debate on how trade policy can mitigate the effects of climate change has so far centred on developed countries and the large emerging economies, especially China, Brazil and India, but what are the implications for small and vulnerable economies (SVEs), least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS)?

These countries are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change but they are least equipped to deal with changes in trade policy. Trade, Climate Change and Sustainable Development examines the opportunities and multiple large-scale challenges they face in adapting key trade sectors to the impact of climate change, addressing climate change measures, and furthering their own trade capacity and competitiveness in the global market.

This book is the result of a joint project between the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva. It will be of interest to policy-makers and anyone who wants to gain a clear understanding of the implications of climate change on the economies of smaller developing states.



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Acknowledgements   
Preface           
Abbreviations and acronyms
List of tables, figures and boxes          
Summary
Introduction   The Climate Change and Trade Challenges of Smaller Developing Countries      Specific Trade and Climate Change Concerns           1. INTRODUCTION: KEY ISSUES FOR SMALLER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES            2. RESPONSES TO TRADE AND ADAPTATION CHALLENGES    3. TRADE AND TRANSPORT    3.1 International Transport, Tourism and Services 3.2 Food Miles Debate             4. TECHNOLOGIES           4.1 Standards and Labelling for Energy-Efficient Goods     4.2 Liberalisation of Environmental Goods and Services     4.3 New Technologies and Innovation          5. MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION IN AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY 5.1 Climate Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation in the Agriculture Sector: Trade Linkages          5.2 Climate Change and Fisheries: Policy, Trade and Sustainable Development Issues      6. COMPETITIVENESS AND BORDER MEASURES 6.1 Climate-Related Border Measures          6.2 Energy-Intensive Sectors and International Trade: Possible Sectoral Agreements        7. CONCLUSIONS  7.1 Energy and Technology  7.2 Agriculture and Fisheries           7.3 Tourism and Transport   7.4 Concluding Remarks         Bibliography and References Index

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Moustapha Kamal Gueye (Editor)

Dr Moustapha Kamal Gueye is Senior Associate at ICTSD. He holds a PhD and a MA in International Cooperation Studies from Nagoya University, Japan and a post graduate degree and LLM in International Economic Law from the University of Dakar, Senegal. He is the author of numerous reports and articles on trade and sustainable development and was the co-editor of 'Linking Trade, Climate Change and Energy' (ICTSD 2006).

Malena Sell (Editor)

Malena Sell is Environment and Agriculture Senior Programme Officer and a member of the Trade, Environment and Natural Resources team at ICTSD. Previously, Ms Sell worked as team leader and writer at the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Earth Negotiations Bulletin. She holds an MA in Environmental Studies and a BA in International Relations (international commerce), both from Brown University.

Janet Strachan (Editor)

Janet Strachan advises on sustainable development at the Commonwealth Secretariat working in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and co ordinates work on the Lake Victoria Commonwealth Climate Change Action Plan.
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'This book provides an interesting and original approach to trade and climate change concerns of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small and Vulnerable Economies (SVEs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDs).'

Island Studies Journal, Vol. 6 No. 1, 2011, 103–105