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Title: Islands at the periphery : integrating the challenges of island sustainability into European policy
Authors: Formosa, Saviour
Moncada, Stefano
Galea, Roberta
Camilleri, Marguerite
Keywords: Sustainable development -- Malta
European Union -- Malta
Policy sciences
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Malta. European Documentation Centre
Citation: Formosa, S., Moncada, S., Galea, R., & Camilleri, M. (2009). Islands at the periphery : integrating the challenges of island sustainability into European policy. In Xuereb P. G. (ed.), Malta in the European Union : five years on and looking to the future. Msida: University of Malta. European Documentation Centre. 55-74.
Abstract: Sustainable development is a fundamental objective of the European Union and the global community. The considerable sustainability challenges faced by small islands are recognised at UN level, however the sustainability challenges faced by EU islands are not well reflected in EU policy, where the approach to island issues has been incremental and fragmented. After identifying EU islands and their main sustainability issues, this paper argues for a stronger awareness of islands issues in EU policy processes. It notes in particular three issues that needed to be addressed before this is done. These relate to the current restrictive definition of islands, which excludes island states, and the fact that the island issues of peripherality and insularity do not fit into any of the categories provided in the EU’s impact assessment guidelines, a key tool for internalizing sustainability concerns in EU policy. Third, since European islands are found at various administrative scales, there is a lack of harmonized statistical data on fundamental factors necessary for monitoring sustainable development in EU insular regions. The role of Malta in highlighting challenges and concerns faced by European islands is also explored, vis a vis the European Union policy-making and policy- designing mechanisms.
Description: This research was carried out within the framework of the European FP6 project SENSOR, on science-based ex-ante Sustainability Impact Assessment Tools (SIAT) to support decision making on policies related to multifunctional land use in European regions (‘Sustainability Impact Assessment: Tools for Environmental, Social and Economic Effects of Multifunctional Land Use in European Regions’ (SENSOR), Contract Number 003874).
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