332 pages, B/w photos, tabs, maps
Looks at new approaches that attempt to minimise the impact of development in Tropical Forests, and collects numerous case studies, looking closely at the environmental and social impact of resource development. It proposes a rigorous "best practices" approach and examines a number of challenging technical, environmental, social and legal issues.
"This volume seeks to 'stimulate debate about...developing natural resources in a manner that safeguards biodiversity and respects the interests of local communities' while also recognizing the need for some preserves that are off-limits to development. Numerous case studies illustrate best practices for developing resources in ways that minimize environmental problems. Cited references are current, typically from the 1990s. Recommended for all academic libraries. Undergraduates through professionals." -- C.E. Buckley, Choice, Oct 2001
"Near the Kaw Mountains in French Guiana, about 1.5 million ounces of gold wait to be claimed by an international mining conglomerate and an anxious government. Unfortunately, the gold is embedded in 17 million tons of clay; how can the gold be filtered out without destroying the incredibly diverse flora and fauna of this region? This problem is one faced by many developing countries with environmental concerns properly tempered. This book pres
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