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Environmental Planning in the Caribbean

Edited By: Jonathan Pugh and Janet Henshall Momsen


Hardback | Aug 2006 | #160145 | ISBN: 0754643913
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Illustrated by case studies from both smaller nations, such as Carriacou, Barbados and St Lucia and larger countries, including Cuba, Mexico and Jamaica, this volume brings together leading writers concerned with environmental planning in the Caribbean to provide an interdisciplinary contemporary critical overview.

They argue that context is central to the practice of environmental planning in this region. Rather than focussing on a deterministic colonial geography and history, this volume proposes that, whilst a wide range of foreign planning influences can be felt in different contexts, environmental planning emerges in specific settings, through the fluid interaction between local and global relations of power. Thus a number of chapters explore the effects of external discourses upon the region, while others examine discourses on Western-style democracy and tourism. Other important themes covered include participatory planning, urban planning, physical development planning, pest management, sustainable development, water pollution, conservation and ecotourism.


Introduction, Janet Henshall Momsen; Physical development planning in the Anglophone Caribbean: the rearticulation of formal state power, Jonathan Pugh; 'The Bad Old Days Look Better': enlightened colonial land management practices and land reform in the British windward islands, Beth Mills; Challenges to promoting agro-biodiversity in the Caribbean small farming systems: a Jamaican case study, Elizabeth Thomas-Hope and Balfour Spence; Disaster creation in the Caribbean and planning, policy and participation reconsidered, Jonathan Skinner; Environmental planning and heritage tourism in Cuba during the special period: challenges and opportunities, Joseph L. Scarpaci; 'Nuff Respec'? widening and deepening participation in academic and policy research in Jamaica, David Dodman and Jane Dodman; Corporate environmental sustainability: Sandals Resorts International in Jamaica, Paul Kingsbury; Conservation and recreation planning on the Caribbean Coast: Cahuita, Costa Rica, Galen Martin; Nature, people and planning on the Coast of Belize, Roger Few; Dis Da Fu We: conservation, development and empowerment in San Pedro Town, Belize, Brandon Kitagawa and Janet Momsen; Index.

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Dr Jonathan Pugh is an Academic Fellow in Territorial Governance at the Global Urban Research Unit, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Janet Momsen is Professor of Geography and Chair of the Geography Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis, USA. She has been doing fieldwork in the Caribbean on issues of gender and the environment for over 40 years.

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