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Rural Development and the Environment: Towards Ecologically and Socially Sustainable Development in Rural Areas



Volume published in association with UNEP.

This monograph analyses a wide variety of institutions and policies operating at the local, national and global levels that influence patterns of interaction between rural development and the environment. The authors argue that the complex set of interacting forces and institutions must be taken into account to reduce poverty and protect eco-systems. At the local level, the authors highlight the importance of production patterns, technologies and farming systems as well as of population dynamics, social forces and land tenure. At the national and international levels, they consider the impact of market forces, development strategies and policies, and patterns of consumption associated with globalization. The book concludes that the development of accountable and democratic rural institutions, equitable and efficient land reforms and popularly based national development strategies linked to reforms of debt policies at international level, are essential for generating sustainable development in rural areas.
  • Publication and ordering details
  • Pub. Date: 1 Jan 1997
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    ISBN: 92 9085 018 3
    Type: Paperback
    From: UNRISD