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Promoting The Sustainable Development Of Small Island Developing States: Insights From Vulnerability And Resilience Analysis

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  • Samuel BATES

    () (Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL Research University)

  • Valérie ANGEON

    () (AgroParisTech-UMR Métafort; INRA-URZ and French West Indies University-CRPLC)

Abstract

This article suggests a generic method to compute a composite index of vulnerability and resilience from a sustainable development perspective: the Net Vulnerability-Resilience Index. A worldwide application shows that both vulnerability and resilience are policy responsive. From the worst to the ideal, the state of vulnerability-resilience can be an uncontrolled vulnerability, a contained vulnerability, an unstable resilience or a stable resilience. We show that contrary to the well-established conclusion, Small Island Developing States are not specifically more prone to vulnerability than other countries. Small Island Developing States must concentrate their efforts on a better international economic integration that should be compatible with the preservation of their natural resources.

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  • Samuel BATES & Valérie ANGEON, 2015. "Promoting The Sustainable Development Of Small Island Developing States: Insights From Vulnerability And Resilience Analysis," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 42, pages 15-29.
  • Handle: RePEc:tou:journl:v:42:y:2015:p:15-29
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    Keywords

    COMPOSITE INDEX; GRAPH THEORY; VULNERABILITY; RESILIENCE; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics

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