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This book provides a probing examination of problems unique to the world's poorest countries as they attempt to achieve environmentally sound economic development. Using Ecuador as an example, the authors present six case studies that focus on tropical deforestation, farmland degradation, inefficient water resource development, oil industry pollution in Amazonian rainforests, disturbance of coastal ecosystems, and management of the Galapagos Islands. The authors argue throughout the book that fundamental policy reforms are needed both to meet the challenge of mounting resource scarcity and to achieve sustainable economic progress. They also make the case that resource users' property rights must be strengthened, market forces given freer reign, and investment stepped up in human capital and in the rural economy's scientific and technological base. Finally, the book provides support for the notion that economic development and environmental conservation can be complementary provided that intelligent policies are implemented. The book will be useful to development and resource economists, resource management specialists, and conservation professionals. These cases also offer valuable insights for environmentally concerned general readers.
"Doug Southgate's book is an elegant and forceful testimony to the role that bad economic management plays in destroying natural resources and, with them, the chance of sustainable development....Out of causal analyses come striking policy prescriptions for sustainable development....Doug Southgate's book cuts through the cherished but superficial analyses of some environmentalists, and persuades us that sustainable development is possible." --David Pearce, Director of CSERGE, University College, London "Economic Progress and the Environment is the best study of renewable resource policy issues in [Ecuador] that I have seen. It makes clear that conservation depends on economic development and vice versa and also that environmentally sustainable economic progress depends on fundamental public policy reform." --Jorge Barba Gonzalez, Executive Director, INEFAN "In 130 elegant pages [Southgate and Whitaker] have produced one of the most persuasive contributions of environmental economics to development policy to appear in recent years . . . . The exposition is largely accessible to non-specialists. The book is highly recommended to all students of development, applied environmental economists, and policy-makers."--Development Policy Review "A valuable contribution to the information available about environmental conflicts and policy issues and processes in Latin America."--Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43