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Environmental Management in the Tropics : An Historical Perspective - Randall Baker

Environmental Management in the Tropics

An Historical Perspective

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Published: 18th December 1992
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The arrival of western science and economic interests to the tropics has dramatically changed the tropical environment and its ecology. Environmental Management in the Tropics discusses the ecology of the tropics and examines how it is different from the temperate zone where western science evolved. The author discusses how native people traditionally subsisted in different ecological zones of the tropics and how they rationalized their relationship. The author also takes a critical look at the impact of colonialism in the tropics and how it changed traditional cultures and their relationship with the environment.
The current clash between economics and ecology in the tropics is explored in depth. According to the author, we are now able to draw "a line in the sand" and illustrate the consequences of continuing current practices. Environmental Management in the Tropics shows how this situation developed and discusses how the two opposing concepts must be brought back into harmony. The book is one of the few studies to take a truly interdisciplinary approach combining the serious inevitabilities of natural science with the variables of history, culture, politics, and economics. It gives us a new respect for the past and tradition of the tropics and clearly spells out why dramatic changes must occur to prevent further degradation of the tropical environment.
Environmental Management in the Tropics is an important reference for ecologists, conservationists, scientists, researchers, environmental consultants, land managers and developers, members of the world regulatory community, and anyone working on projects in tropical regions.

Acknowledgments
A Perspective on this Work
Some Common Themesp. 1
The Tropical Climate: The Great Heat Enginep. 17
Resource Constraints and Opportunitiesp. 37
Energy and Foodp. 47
Some Principles of Traditional Land Usep. 57
Adaptations to the Environmentp. 69
Population and Land Use: Adaptations of the Environmentp. 79
Europe Annexes the Tropicsp. 93
Colonial Agriculture in the 20th Centuryp. 109
The Development Dilemmap. 115
Changes in Research: Systems and Revolutionsp. 127
The Administrative Trapp. 141
Environmental Degradation in Kenya: Two Conflicting "Explanations"p. 153
The Destruction of the Rain Forest: Development in Action?p. 167
Desertification: What is it Really?p. 183
Prospects for a Sustainable Future in the Tropicsp. 201
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780873716611
ISBN-10: 0873716612
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 18th December 1992
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.53