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Deforestation, Environment, And Sustainable Development : A Comparative Analysis

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According to available estimates, forests cover more than one quarter of the world's total area. About sixty percent of these forests are situated in tropical countries. However, these forests are disappearing at a very fast pace. Between 1980 and 1995, an area larger than Mexico had been deforested. This accelerated destruction of forests poses a serious threat to the environmental and economic well-being of the earth. Several studies have demonstrated that natural forests are the single most important repository of terrestrial biological diversity--of ecosystems, species, and genetic resources. Forests also act as major carbon sinks, absorbing massive quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Deforestation, according to these studies, is directly linked to adverse climate change, soil erosion, desertification, and water cycling. Until recently deforestation was deemed to be a local/national problem. However, increased awareness and scientific data have pointed out that the problem transcends national boundaries. Deforestation affects the entire earth's environment and economic development. This collection of essays analyzes the forces responsible for deforestation, the governmental policies that effect this destruction and the roles multilateral aid agencies, NGOs, play in the environmental debate. The collection critically examines the principles and criteria suggested by forest-experts for a sustained economic growth vis-a-vis forest stewardship in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. An invaluable resource for scholars, students, researchers, and policymakers involved with environmental and public policy issues.


Technology In American Water Development

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First Published in 2011. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Development Betrayed

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"Development Betrayed" provides a lively and powerful critique of the ideas behind modern development. Richard B. Norgaard shows how development, rooted in the firm commitment to progress, has been betrayed by the major tenets of modernity: the control of nature through science, material abundance through technology, and effective government through rational and social organization. Arguing that these premises have led to environmental destruction and cultural implosion, Norgaard outlines a potent, co-evolutionary alternative.
The book addresses contemporary concerns for the sustainability of development, the rejection of the inevitability of progress, and the process of reculturization in the midst of global communication and economic interdependence. Norgaard argues that we must view development as a coevolution between cultural and ecological systems. His approach emphasizes the unpredictability of change and explains how values, knowledge, social organization and technology are tightly interlocked yet always transforming.
Rejecting the modernist principle that all peoples will merge into one best way of knowing, organizing and developing, Norgaard envisions a world made up of a patchwork quilt of cultures in which the possibility for harmony involves embracing both biological and cultural diversity. The book addresses the international discourse on sustainable development, and helps to explain global reculturization, the ineffectiveness of central governments and large bureaucratic agencies, and the dramatic rise of non-governmental organizations in the political processes and implementation of development. "Development Betrayed" provides a unique and valuable synthesis of ideas from the natural sciences with current work in development studies, economics, anthropology, and sociology.



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