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

Edited By: Stephen Bass, Hannah Reid, David Satterthwaite and Paul Steele

318 pages, Figures, tables


Paperback | Dec 2005 | #153032 | ISBN: 1844071162
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #153031 | ISBN: 1844071154
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About this book

There are growing dangers that developmental work by governments, aid agencies and NGOs is driven to ignore the fact that environmental quality matters to the poor. There are also signs that some environmental work is pushing `people-out' protection methodologies. Yet recently an extensive range of work at the project, programme and policy level has begun to reveal the important links between poverty and environment and to ensure that these links are reflected 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 of experiences at regional, national and local levels in low and middle income countries, including China, Egypt, Tanzania, East Africa, Nigeria, South Africa, Pakistan, Colombia, Peru, India, Thailand and St Lucia.

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 key natural resources for livelihoods and security and coping with environmental disasters. The editors advocate ways in which political processes can be used to change things for the better - from both poverty reduction and environmental perspectives.


Introduction; Creating Space for Civil Society in an Impoverished Environment; Shared Environmental Management to Decrease Poverty; Environment-Poverty Linkages in Natural Resource Management; The Evolving Roles of Environmental Management Institutions; Stories on Environment and Conflict; Coastal Resource Management and Local Governance; Working for Water; People, Perspectives and Reality; Community-designed, Built and Managed Toilet Blocks; 'Concertacion' (Reaching Agreement) and Planning for Sustainable Development; Conclusions; Bibliography

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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.

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