Sustaining the Future: Economic, Social and Environmental Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

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This book focuses on sustainable environmental and resource management development in the Sub-Saharan African region in the medium-term future. The first part analyses the driving forces of environmental change in the region, including persistent poverty, population growth, urbanization, industrialization, and energy production and consumption. The second part takes up issues central to sustainability, including agriculture, on which the majority of people still depend for their livelihood. Among the conclusions,...
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Overview

This book focuses on sustainable environmental and resource management development in the Sub-Saharan African region in the medium-term future. The first part analyses the driving forces of environmental change in the region, including persistent poverty, population growth, urbanization, industrialization, and energy production and consumption. The second part takes up issues central to sustainability, including agriculture, on which the majority of people still depend for their livelihood. Among the conclusions, the authors stress the need for policies aimed at poverty eradication and equitable economic development to counter unsustainable use of natural resources and to reduce vulnerability to environmental deterioration, economic decline, and hazards. Much greater cooperation between the North and the South - and a more open system of trade in particular - are recommended for better resource management. And finally, a strengthening of environmental institutions and environmental education at all levels is advised.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280809183
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Pages: 384

Table of Contents

Preface
Opening address by the Hon. Minister of Environment, Science and Technology
1 Introduction 1
2 Poverty, vulnerability, and rural development 17
3 Environmental management and social equity 52
4 Introduction to population, resources, and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa 66
5 Urbanization and industrialization: What future for Sub-Saharan Africa? 85
6 Urban environment management and issues in Africa south of the Sahara 100
7 Towards sustainable environmental and resource management futures in Sub-Saharan Africa 123
8 Drought, desertification, and water management in Sub-Saharan Africa 165
9 Tropical deforestation and its impact on soil, environment, and agricultural productivity 181
10 The coastal zone and oceanic problems of Sub-Saharan African 201
11 Agricultural development in the age of sustainability: Crop production 215
12 Agricultural development in the age of sustainability: Livestock production 245
13 The fuelwood/energy crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa 262
14 The case for mineral resources management and development in Sub-Saharan Africa 283
15 Modes of international and regional research cooperation 301
16 National, regional, and international cooperation for sustainable environmental and resource management: The place and roles of NGOs 313
17 Institutional issues on the environment and resource management with reference to Ghana 331
18 The environmental impact and sustainability of plantations in Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana's experiences with oil-palm plantations 342
Contributors 358
Index 360
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