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Title: Key determinants of stakeholders' response to environmental issues in the Maldives
Author: Vishan, Ibrahim
Awarding Body: University of Brighton
Current Institution: University of Brighton
Date of Award: 2013
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Environmental issues such as climate change, waste and pollution have been frequently discussed and debated among experts and practitioners, and in the world media. Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been recognised as being environmentally vulnerable because they tend to have a small set of resources and have delicate fragile land and marine eco-systems and a relatively high vulnerability to natural disasters. However, insufficient attention at all sector levels in SIDS has been given to stakeholders’ perspectives about what affects their responses to environmental issues. This thesis presents an investigation of the determinants of responses to environmental issues in a SIDS country. A single-embedded case study was developed to study the Maldives. It included analysis of policy and institutional documents produced by the Maldives government, international organisations, third/voluntary sector and the private sector with a presence or role in the Maldives. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with primary stakeholders consisting of government officials, representatives from international organisations, private sector organisations, trade associations, third/voluntary sector organisations and local community leaders with a presence or role in the Maldives. The findings of the study revealed that Government Motivation is the key determinant in influencing the ability of stakeholders in the Maldives to respond to environmental issues which concern them most, (e.g. climate change, disaster risk, and waste management). A number of problems emerged due to insufficient government motivation: political corruption; lack of stakeholder awareness and education; human resource situation; lack of stakeholder communication; lack of stakeholder motivation; lack of transparency and accountability and lack of appropriate fiscal and monetary action. These issues influenced and were affected by a number of capacity issues: awareness/education; technology; communication/network of interaction; human resources; including institutional structure and financial Issues. The study contributes the perspectives of stakeholders in the Maldives to the wider debates about environmental issues in SIDs.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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