South-East Asia's Environmental Future: The Search for Sustainability

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South-East Asia's economic success since the 1950s has placed very heavy demands on its natural resources and on the capacity of its environment to sustain continued development. By the end of the 1980s, there was growing concern that present forms of development are unsustainable. The United Nations University organized a conference, held at Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 1991, which brought together close to 40 regional and foreign experts to discuss these issues. This book is based on that conference. It analyzes ...
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Overview

South-East Asia's economic success since the 1950s has placed very heavy demands on its natural resources and on the capacity of its environment to sustain continued development. By the end of the 1980s, there was growing concern that present forms of development are unsustainable. The United Nations University organized a conference, held at Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 1991, which brought together close to 40 regional and foreign experts to discuss these issues. This book is based on that conference. It analyzes the driving forces of change, climatic uncertainties and a number of major issues such as deforestation, sustainability of food production, the deteriorating urban and marine environments, and the institutional problems lying in the way of better environmental management. The book presents a great deal of new information, and offers forthright discussion of a dangerous situation. In conclusion, it is argued that a basic change in the approach to development is necessary if current growth is not to rob the next generation of many of the resources which they will require. This book should be essential reading for all concerned with development and the environment in the South-East Asian region and in other tropical areas.
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  • ISBN-13: 9789280808230
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Pages: 456

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Tables
Figures
Abbreviations and Glossary
Notes on Contributors
1 The Dimensions of Environmental Change and Management in the South-East Asian Region 5
2 Population Growth in South-East Asia: Pushing the Limits 33
3 Industrialization and Urbanization in South-East Asia 47
Development Problems and the Environment 72
4 Energy and Mineral Development: Environment and Economics 75
5 The Onslaught on the Forests in South-East Asia 103
Notes on Co-operative Management 124
In Defence of South-East Asia 127
6 Climate Model Predictions for the South-East Asian Region 133
Climatic Change and Public Policy 151
7 ENSO, Drought and Flooding Rain in South-East Asia 154
A Successful Prediction Using Unconventional Data 176
8 Climatic Change and Agriculture: Problems for the Asian Tropics 179
Climatic Change in Indonesia 190
9 Sustaining and Expanding the 'Green Revolution' in Rice 201
Ecological Policies for Sustaining High Production in Rice: Observations on Rice Intensification in Indonesia 211
10 The Problems of Upland Land Management 225
Pitfalls of the Intensification Debate 238
Immediate Needs in Upland Java 239
11 The Hazard of Fire 242
A Wider View of the Fire Hazard 261
The Need for Management 267
12 Coastal, Inshore and Marine Problems 268
The South-East Asian Response 275
13 Threatened Places 284
Natural and Human Hazards 286
The Tragedy of the Open Access 302
Threatened Places: A Regional View 316
14 On Threatened Peoples 322
Sustainability of Indigenous Socio-economic Systems 338
15 Urban Environmental Issues in South-East Asian Cities: An Overview 341
16 Conclusions and Recommendations 363
Bibliography 374
Index 412
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