Discussion papers

KEELE UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES DISCUSSION PAPER 2 - 19 JULY 2019

HOW CAN WE MEET THE ENERGY CHALLENGES OF SMALL AND REMOTE COASTAL COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY CHANGING CLIMATE IN BANGLADESH AND GLOBALLY?

Adam Moolna, Samiya Selim, Sharon George, Shantanu Kumar Saha, Carolyn Roberts, Joy Bhowmik, Ashley Hulme, Simon George, Sayeda Karim, Zoe Robinson

In Bangladesh, energy poverty in small and remote coastal communities inhibits development and exacerbates livelihood and migration pressures, social changes, and gender disparities. Climate change threatens low lying coastal areas, bringing sea level rise and increasing salinity. Cyclones and flash floods are having increasing impacts on coastal terrains, habitats, and associated livelihoods. Such challenges are faced by similar communities globally and represent significant barriers to addressing multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - in particular across Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Small-scale renewables potentially offer clean and secure energy solutions, not dependent on fossil fuels, that also address the broader climate change mitigation. Yet existing efforts to address energy challenges with small-scale renewables typically perform poorly. We argue that solutions need to be tailored to specific socioeconomic contexts and use durable established technologies in economically and socially viable local business models. Long term and catastrophe-resilient renewables solutions to energy challenges will help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change. Work towards such solutions and helping address the UN SDGs is being carried forward - and approaches here are translatable to contexts, especially SIDS, globally.

Vision for next steps based on this discussion paper:

  • Invite discussions from partners and outside on the context and future working options presented
  • Act as a basis for ongoing collaboration and pipeline of projects researching and delivering solutions

Read or download the discussion paper here

Contact for further discussions:

Dr Adam Moolna | +44 (0) 1782 7 34115 | a.moolna@keele.ac.uk | Keele University, William Smith Building, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, United Kingdom

Recommended citation: Moolna et al. (2019) How can we meet the energy challenges of small and remote coastal communities affected by changing climate in Bangladesh and globally? Keele University Institute for Sustainable Futures discussion paper 2.


Keele University Institute for Sustainable Futures discussion paper 1 - 23 November 2018

THE BLUE ECONOMY APPROACH FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN SEYCHELLES AND EAST AFRICA

Adam Moolna (Keele University) & Benjamin S. Thompson (National University of Singapore)

The Blue Economy approach to ocean and coastal sustainable economic development in Seychelles and across East Africa promises great potential and has emerged to dominate regional attention on sustainability. Yet we contend that a policy consensus presenting the Blue Economy as “the solution” to sustainable development and associated high level political rhetoric limits critical evaluation of complex practical opportunities or risks and avoids difficult debates on the compromises needed.

Ahead of the global conference "Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" being held 26-28 November 2018 in Nairobi, we aim to prompt readers to consider alternative perspectives, limitations and conflicts that are missed out of the policy consensus - and present six key recommendations for politicians and policymakers.

We welcome feedback and discussions on what we intend as a broad and accessible overview of the complexities and opportunities for moving from policies and high level meetings to real actions that contribute more effectively to environmental, economic, and social areas of sustainability.

Contact for further discussions:

Dr Adam Moolna | +44 (0) 1782 7 34115 | a.moolna@keele.ac.uk | Keele University, William Smith Building, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, United Kingdom

Recommended citation: Moolna A & Thompson BS (2018) The Blue Economy approach for sustainability in Seychelles and East Africa. Keele University Institute for Sustainable Futures discussion paper 1, available at https://doi.org/10.21252/b4wm-3598