Title

Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy in Trinidad and Tobago

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2003

Advisor

Gary F. Prevost, Political Science

Abstract

Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as Trinidad & Tobago (T&T), owe its very survival to maintaining the tenuous balance within its fragile eco systems. Certain economic necessities as well as poor land use practices and a lack of effective environmental legislation and enforcement contribute to an escalating degree of environmental degradation. This is further exacerbated by the avid pursuit for continued economic growth and expansion, particularly with the petrochemical industry as the vehicle for enlargement. Some degree of apoliticsm endemic in most Caribbean countries, and certainly not absent from T&T, affects the extent to which policy addresses environmental issues on a sustained basis.

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