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Footprints in the Jungle : Natural Resource Industries, Infrastructure, and Biodiversity Conservation

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Tropical forests have seen a tremendous growth in logging, mining, and oil and gas development over the past decades. These industries and their infrastructure, including roads and power lines, have a tremendous impact on the environment and often conflict with the growing concern for conservation, particularly the conservation of tropical biodiversity. However, development in the tropics is extremely important economically, both for developing and industrialized nations, and this volume looks at new approaches that attempt to minimize the impact of development. It collects numerous case studies by project managers, advocates, and researchers from major international companies, development agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations. It looks closely at the environmental and social impact of resource development, proposes a rigorous "best practices" approach, and examines a number of challenging technical, environmental, social, and legal issues. It will be an invaluable reference in this important and highly politicized debate.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 25.4mm | 635.04g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 3 halftones, 15 line illustrations
  • 0195125789
  • 9780195125788
  • 1,696,561

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"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 presents a special perspective on this dilemma. . .Essays by 38 authors are dived into specific topics. . .Each of these sections provides plenty of practical detail and commentary, making this book almost a cookbook of environmentally appropriate recipes for development."--Chicago Botanic Garden "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 presents a special perspective on this dilemma. . .Essays by 38 authors are dived into specific topics. . .Each of these sections provides plenty of practical detail and commentary, making this book almost a cookbook of environmentally appropriate recipes for development."--Chicago Botanic Garden "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 presents a special perspective on this dilemma. . .Essays by 38 authors are dived into specific topics. . .Each of these sections provides plenty of practical detail and commentary, making this book almost a cookbook of environmentally appropriate recipes for development."--Chicago Botanic Garden "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 presents a special perspective on this dilemma. . .Essays by 38 authors are dived into specific topics. . .Each of these sections provides plenty of practical detail and commentary, making this book almost a cookbook of environmentally appropriate recipes for development."--Chicago Botanic Garden "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 bestpractices 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 diverseflora and fauna of this region? This problem is one faced by many developing countries with environmental concerns properly tempered. This book presents a special perspective on this dilemma. . .Essays by 38 authors are dived into specific topics. . .Each of these sections provides plenty ofpractical detail and commentary, making this book almost a cookbook of environmentally appropriate recipes for development."--Chicago Botanic Gardenshow more

About Ian A. Bowles

Ian Bowles is the Director of Environmental Affairs for the National Security Council and Associate Director for International Policy, COuncil on Environmental Quality. His research focuses on the role of development agencies and the private sector in biodiversity conservation. He also served as a legislative assistant on international and environmental issues.Glenn T. Prickett is Senior Vice President for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International, where he develops strategic partnerships to promote conservation with major international corporations in a wide range of fields. He has also served as Chief Environmental Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development.show more

Table of contents

SECTION I: CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY TROPICS; SECTION II: OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND EXTRACTION MEET CONSERVATION; SECTION III: FOREST UNDER PRESSURE; SECTION IV: MINING AND CONSERVATION ISSUES; SECTION V. INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; SECTION VI: CONCLUSIONSshow more