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Grassroots Environmental Action: People's Participation in Sustainable Development



Edited volume by Dharam Ghai and Jessica M. Vivian.

Description: Managing resources sustainably on the local level is essential for achieving the global goal of sustainable development. The combined impact of the small-scale activities - either constructive or destructive - undertaken by vast numbers of individuals will determine the fate of many resources and ecosystems, particularly in the Third World. The importance of people's participation in sustainable development has recently become increasingly acknowledged yet there is litte understanding of the multiple dimensions that such participation involves. Historically, great attention has been paid to persuading local communities to participate in externally-initiated environmental projects. "Grassroots Environmental Action" questions the viability of traditional management systems. The contributors analyze the social dynamics of local level resource use both in situations where encouragement and support is supplied from external agents, such as the state or international organizations, and where local communities are forced to formulate their own plans and activities in spite of neglect, resistance or even active external opposition. This book should be of interest to postgraduates, academics and researchers in development studies, environmental science, resource management and geography, as well as professionals in these areas.
  • Publication and ordering details
  • Pub. Date: 1 Jul 1995
    Pub. Place: London
    ISBN: 0 41512 703 3
    Type: Paperback
    From: Routledge
  • Pub. Date: 6 Aug 1992
    Pub. Place: London
    ISBN: 0 415 07762 1
    Type: Hardback
    From: Routledge