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Patterson, Robert Maurice Charles 2008 , 'From development to sustainable development in the Cook Islands', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This thesis contributes to the academic understanding of the role of technology transfer in
underpinning sustainable development in developing countries. This contribution has
two main components. First, the thesis offers a multidisciplinary review of academic
literatures in developing a model of technology transfer from developed to developing
countries that achieve sustainable development outcomes. Second, the thesis offers a
detailed case study of an on-site wastewater management technology in the Cook Islands.
The innovative on-site sewage treatment technology used in this project has been
developed by the author over the past twenty years. The project took the form of a
'demonstration' Evapocycle system was installed at the recently completed education
centre built by the non-government organisation Youth With a Mission on the island of
Rarotonga. The problems of wastewater treatment in the Cook Islands, which are
exacerbated by tourist development, are described. It is argued that the Evapocycle
system could reduce problems associated with 'conventional' septic tank systems in use
on Rarotonga, thus leading to a more sustainable development. The technology transfer
model developed by Kedia and Bagat is reviewed and is applied to the chosen example.
The thesis concludes that problems experienced in introducing the on-site treatment
system to the Cook Islands can be explained by the model.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Patterson, Robert Maurice Charles
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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MEnvMgt)--University of Tasmania, 2008. Includes bibliographical references

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