This publication is the product of an international study led by the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and the Ministry of Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development of Grenada. The completion of this first Road Map on Building A Green Economy for Sustainable Development in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Grenada is the result of an intensive effort by experts from Grenada, consultants and personnel from the United Nations who actively have participated in meetings, workshops, field trips, data collection and analysis since 2010. The study is part of a larger project being conducted by the DSD on “Integrating Climate Change into National Sustainable Development Strategies and Plans in Latin America and the Caribbean.” The idea of conducting this Road Map for Carriacou and Petite Martinique originated from the preliminary research carried out during the first stages of the implementation of this project in Grenada.
The framework, systematic approach and project proposed in this study represent an attempt to move forward with the practical implementation and demonstration on how integrated systems can be designed to construct Road Maps for greening the economies of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The study supports the global efforts on defining national strategies for sustainable development and on addressing one of the major themes of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Conference) of a “Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication.”
No study for building a green economy for sustainable development can be final and definitive. To be useful, the assessment process must evolve over time to fit ever-changing conditions, priorities and national sustainable development criteria. This publication summarizes initial analysis, findings and proposals. The study serves as a starting point for the development of a more in-depth, systematic assessment for designing green economies in SIDS. It is hoped that the experiences and lessons learned from this study will provide valuable information and knowledge to other countries interested in transforming their economies and achieving progress towards nationally defined sustainable development goals and objectives. It is also hoped that future studies will contribute to refinements in the proposed assessment and approach adding their own unique perspectives to what has been learned herein.
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