The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

Assessing Environment-Development Tradeoffs: A Developing Country Perspective

Assessing Environment-Development Tradeoffs: A Developing Country Perspective

Assessing environment-development tradeoffs: A developing country perspective


Many of the most globe's most vexing environmental problems occur in developing countries. These are highly familiar to most observers: deforestation of tropical forests, soil degradation, contamination of surface water and groundwater sources, uncontrolled urban sprawl, air pollution, and so forth. Yet, it is in these same countries that sustainable solutions appear the most challenging. This is for several reasons. First, of course, financial resources are, ipso facto, heavily constrained in most poor countries, limiting the ability of governments to respond to environmental problems as well as a multiplicity of other public policy challenges. But reinforcing the lack of resources is a variety of other limitations: weak institutions, poor infrastructure, highly imperfect ...

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