Focusing on areas where local people are vigorous participators in the determination of their own future, "Grassroots Environmental Action" uses case studies of communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa to emphasizes the potential of local environmental initiatives. International contributors analyze the social dynamics of local level resource use both in situations where encouragement and support is supplied from external agents, such as the state or international organizations, and where local communities are forced to formulate their own plans and activities in spite of neglect, resistance or even active external oppposition.
Managing resources sustainably on the local level is essential for achieving the global goal of sustainable development. "Grassroots Environmental Action" examines the combined impact of the small-scale activities--either constructive or destructive--undertaken by vast numbers of individuals on the fate of many resources and ecosystems, particularly in the Third World.
Contributors: Maurice Strong, Michael Redclift, Jessica M. Vivian, Charles Lane, Ruth Ammerman Yabes, Antonio Carlos S. Diegues, Julio Moguel, Enrique Velazquez, Jutta Blauert, Marta Guidi, John Kurien, Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, Michael Stahl, Philippe Egger, Jean Majeres and Charles A. Reilly.
"This collection of essays demonstrates powerfully that popular participation is an essential element of resource management in the Third World . . . It is an important collection not only for development specialists, but for anyone interested in the fate of environmental movements."
." . . a stimulating book containing much information of great value."
-"International Journal of Environmental Studies
..." refreshing ... [W]hat should especially interest ... readers ... is the volume's contention that grassroots organization for environmental action in the so-called Third World is not only a necessary condition for sustainable development but a long enduring institutional mechanism in indigenous societies."
-Adil Najam, MIT
Series: People's Participation in Sustainable Development
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 9th March 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1