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Call for papers for a Special Issue on Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States / Natural Resources Forum Journal

The United Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, known as Rio+20) called for, “the convening in 2014 of a third international conference on small island developing States, recognizing the importance of coordinated, balanced and integrated actions to address the sustainable development challenges facing small island developing States…”. [A/RES/66/288, The Future We Want, para. 180.]

On this occasion, Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal calls for papers for a special issue on Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) for the February 2014 issue.

This special issue will focus on possible policy responses to addressing the vulnerability and responding to the development needs of SIDS. Articles submitted for this special issue should focus on applied research and be relevant to policymaking. In line with the editorial line of the Journal, the editorial team will give priority to articles that adopt a sustainable development perspective, i.e. one that considers multiple dimensions (e.g., economic, social, environmental, intergenerational) of problems in an integrated way.

Indicative angles of interest include:

· Integrated planning and integrated strategies (e.g., water, energy, food, tourism, waste, and water) for development at the national level;
· Sustainability of tourism, and links between tourism, preservation of environmental assets, and development;
· Management of non-renewable resources (e.g., mining, forestry, oil, fisheries) in SIDS;
· Employment, education, migrations and economic opportunities in small island contexts;
· Relevance of life-cycle management approaches in SIDS (e.g., freshwater, waste);
· Cross–country analyses of specific dimensions of sustainable development relevant to SIDS;
· Approaches to dealing with the vulnerability of small islands to climate change, to sea-level rise, and other challenges;
· Approaches to dealing with economic vulnerability (e.g., volatility of natural resources prices);
· Vulnerability-resilience framework for self-assessment of progress towards sustainable development;
· Regional economic and political integration and international cooperation;
· Role of partnerships as an implementation and engagement mechanism towards sustainable development of SIDS.

Articles should contain original material and should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length.

Contributions to the journal are accepted at the NRF manuscript submission site at:

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