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Grassroots Environmental Action : People's Participation in Sustainable Development - Dharam Ghai

Grassroots Environmental Action

People's Participation in Sustainable Development

Paperback Published: 9th March 1995
ISBN: 9780415127035
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

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"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." -"Environmental Politics ." . . 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

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
Approaches and concepts
Sustainable Development and Popular Participation: A Framework for Analysisp. 23
Foundations for Sustainable Development: Participation, Empowerment and Local Resource Managementp. 50
Traditional systems of resource management
The Barabaig Pastoralists of Tanzania: Sustainable Land Use in Jeopardyp. 81
The Zanjeras and the Ilocos Norte Irrigation Project: Lessons of Environmental Sustainability from Philippine Traditional Resource Management Systemsp. 106
Sustainable Development and People's Participation in Wetland Ecosystem Conservation in Brazil: Two Comparative Studiesp. 141
Social action and the environment
Urban Social Organization and Ecological Struggle in Durango, Mexicop. 161
Strategies for Autochthonous Development: Two Initiatives in Rural Oaxaca, Mexicop. 188
Ruining the Commons and Responses of the Commoners: Coastal Overfishing and Fishworkers' Actions in Kerala State, Indiap. 221
From Environmental Conflicts to Sustainable Mountain Transformation: Ecological Action in the Garhwal Himalayap. 259
Lessons from environmental projects
Environmental Rehabilitation in the Northern Ethiopian Highlands: Constraints to People's Participationp. 281
Local Resource Management and Development: Strategic Dimensions of People's Participationp. 304
Who Should Manage Environmental Problems? Some Lessons from Latin Americap. 325
Indexp. 348
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ISBN: 9780415127035
ISBN-10: 0415127033
Series: People's Participation in Sustainable Development
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 9th March 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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