Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration

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James K. Boyce, Sunita Narain, Elizabeth A. Stanton
Anthem Press, 2007 - Nature - 428 pages
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In 'Reclaiming Nature', leading environmental thinkers from across the globe explore the relationship between human activities and the natural world. The authors draw inspiration and lessons from diverse experiences ranging from community-based fishery and forestry management to innovative strategies for combating global warming. They advance a compelling new vision of environmentalism, founded on the link between the struggle to reclaim nature and the struggle for social justice. This book advances three core propositions: first, humans can and do have positive as well as negative effects on the natural environment. By restoring degraded ecosystems and engaging in co-evolutionary processes, people can add value to nature's wealth. Second, every person has an inalienable right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. These are not privileges to be awarded on the basis of political power, nor commodities to be allocated on the basis of purchasing power -- they are fundamental human rights. Third, low-income communities are not the root of the problem. Rather they are the heart of the solution. In cities and the countryside across the world, ordinary people are forging a vibrant new environmentalism that is rooted in the defense of their lives and livelihoods.

 

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Contents

SmallScale Fisheries
23
Natural Resource Management and Poverty Alleviation
55
Fighting Ecological Poverty through
89
The Ecological Restoration of Inland Fisheries
111
Land Reform and Sustainable Development
127
Building Natural Assets in the Brazilian
151
Poverty amidst Wealth
181
Natural Assets and Participatory Forest Management in West
203
Certification Systems as Tools for Natural Asset Building
259
Limits and Potentials
289
Zimbabwes
313
Building the Natural
327
Equitable Carbon Revenue Distribution under an International
379
An Entitlement Framework for Managing
401
About the Contributors
415
Index
421

Lessons from the Americas
237

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James K. Boyce teaches in the fields of development economics and environmental economics, and directs the Political Economy Research Institute's Program on Development, Peacebuilding and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is co-editor of ‘Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership’ (Island Press, 2003), and editor of ‘Economic Policy for Building Peace: Lessons of El Salvador’ (Lynne Rienner, 1996), an outcome of the Adjustment Toward Peace project, which he coordinated on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme.   Sunita Narain is director of the Centre for Science and the Environment in New Delhi, and publisher of the fortnightly magazine ‘Down to Earth’.   Elizabeth A. Stanton is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.