Title

The Rio Conventions and How They Impact Development of Countries with Economies in Transition

Date of Award

5-30-2005

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

John Hill

Keywords

biodiversity; climate change; Convention on Biological Diversity (1992); Convention on Desertification (1994); countries in transition; desertification; development; environment; environmental governance; Environmental policy -- Georgia (Republic); Environmental policy -- International cooperation; Rio Conventions; Sustainable development

Abstract

Global environmental problems like climate change, threats to biological diversity, and desertification prompted governments to rethink their national and international policies and find new ways to reconcile environmental, economic, and sustainable development goals. To help countries like the Republic of Georgia (Georgia), international community designed the Rio Conventions as a policy and legal framework to address global environmental threats and sustainable development. This paper carefully explores and assesses whether the Rio Conventions have helped develop Georgia's capacity to address environmental problems, improve environmental governance and promote social and economic development. A thorough analysis of the situation demonstrates that while the Rio Conventions have been approved by the government, there is little evidence that the environment is considered essential for sustainable development and, therefore, requires strategic planning and resource allocation.

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