Reducing Poverty and Sustaining the Environment: The Politics of Local Engagement

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Overview

'A valuable contribution to our collective knowledge about governance, poverty and the environment' Frances Seymour, World Resources Institute 'Detailed and realistic documentation of contemporary development and governance relationships and trends' Melissa Leach, Institute of Development Studies There are growing signs that development work by governments, aid agencies and non-government organisations ignores the fact that environmental quality matters to the poor. There are also indications that some environmental work is pushing 'people-out' protection methodologies. Yet recently, an extensive range of project, programme and policy level activities has focused attention on the important links between poverty and the environment, and the benefit of entrenching these links in policy-making processes at all levels. The role that politics plays in all of this is of overriding importance. This volume is the first to address the role of politics in environmental issues that matter to the poor through a series of case studies. It describes experiences at regional, national and local levels in low and middle income countries including China, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Pakistan, Colombia, Peru, India, Saint Lucia and countries in East Africa. Ultimately the book demonstrates how understanding the national and local political context is crucial for addressing poverty-environment issues such as environmental health, access to natural resources for livelihoods and security, and coping with environmental disasters. The editors advocate ways in which political processes can be used to make positive changes - from the perspectives of both poverty reduction and the environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844071166
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Bass is Head of Environment at DFID and co-author of Policy that Works for People (2004) and The Sustainable Forestry Handbook (2004).
Hannah Reid is a Research Associate at IIED.
David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at IIED, co-author of Empowering Squatter Citizen (2004) and winner of the 2004 Volvo Environment Prize.
Paul Steele is an environmental economist focusing on political analysis and currently based in Sri Lanka. Published with IIED

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Creating space for civil society in an impoverished environment in Pakistan 20
3 The bioplan : decreasing poverty in Manizales, Colombia, through shared environmental management 44
4 Environment-poverty linkages : managing natural resources in China 73
5 The evolving roles of environmental management institutions in East Africa : from conservation to poverty reduction 100
6 Stories on the environment and conflict from northern Nigeria 131
7 The sea is our garden : coastal resource management and local governance in the Caribbean 152
8 'Working for water' in a democratic South Africa 180
9 People, perspectives and reality : Usangu myths and other stories, Tanzania 197
10 Community-designed, built and managed toilet blocks in Indian cities 223
11 Concertacion (reaching agreement) and planning for sustainable development in Ilo, Peru 255
12 Conclusions 280
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