The first part of the second chapter focuses on shipping in SIDS and examines how contextual challenges have been overcome in the past.
Key Themes: Pacific – SIDS – Transport – Sustainability – Past Experience
Facing a future whose only certainty is change, Small Island Developing States are confronted with many problems and difficulties in making progress towards sustainable development. The unique characteristics of Pacific shipping present a great challenge. Pacific leaders have noted that the development of sustainable sea transport would reduce the reliance on imported and expensive fuel and thus open up sea routes that today are considered unprofitable to service. But despite the identified need and the increasing availability of technology alternatives, meaningful measures to address this sector are proving slow to eventuate. However, small island societies have a record of thriving in challenging times. A historical legacy of innovation can provide a range of experiences to draw upon in looking towards sustainable options for the future.