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Natural Assets : Democratizing Ownership Of Nature - James Boyce

Natural Assets

Democratizing Ownership Of Nature

By: James Boyce (Editor), Barry Shelley (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2003
ISBN: 9781559635394
Number Of Pages: 368

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Low-income communities frequently suffer from a lack of access to, or lack of control over, the natural resources that surround them. In many cases, their local environment has been degraded by years of resource extraction and pollution by distant corporations or government agencies. In such settings, initiatives that build natural assets in the hands of the poor can play an important role in poverty-fighting efforts.

Natural Assets explores a range of strategies for expanding the quantity and enhancing the quality of natural assets in the hands of low-income individuals and communities. The book:

    • examines the social construction of rights to natural resources and the environment
    • describes efforts to curtail pollution of the air, land, and water and to reclaim resources that have been appropriated and abused by polluters
    • considers sustainable agricultural practices that not only maintain but actually increase the stock of natural capital
    • explores strategies to promote sustainable forest management while reducing rural poverty
    • examines the prospects for building natural assets in urban areas
Drawing on evidence from across the United States, the authors demonstrate that safeguarding the environment and improving the well-being of the poor can be mutually reinforcing goals.

List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
The Wealth of Naturep. 5
From Natural Resources to Natural Assetsp. 7
"A Question of Degree": The Sanctity of Property in American Economic Historyp. 29
Reclaiming Environmental Sinksp. 55
Reclaiming Brownfields: From Corporate Liability to Community Assetp. 57
Building Social Capital to Protect Natural Capital: The Quest for Environmental Justicep. 77
Defending the Public Domain: Pollution, Subsidies, and Povertyp. 99
Information for Empowerment: The EPA's Risk-Screening Environmental Indicators Projectp. 117
The Sky Trust: The Battle for Atmospheric Scarcity Rentp. 135
Cultivating Natural Capitalp. 151
White Earth: Recovering a Homelandp. 153
The Watershed Commonwealth of the Upper Rio Grandep. 169
The Lighthouse and the Potato: Internalizing the Value of Crop Genetic Diversityp. 187
Out of the Woodsp. 207
Values, Markets, and Rights: Rebuilding Forest Ecosystem Assetsp. 209
Land and Livelihoods in the Northern Forestp. 227
Community-Based Stewardship: Reinvesting in Public Forests and Forest Communitiesp. 243
Greening the Citiesp. 261
Can Natural Assets Help Address Urban Poverty?p. 263
The Chelsea River: Democratizing Access to Nature in a World of Citiesp. 277
Poverty and the Environment: The Urban Agriculture Connectionp. 299
About the Contributorsp. 313
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9781559635394
ISBN-10: 1559635398
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 2nd May 2003
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 4