Environmental Management and Development

Environmental Management and Development

Environmental Management and Development

Environmental Management and Development


The environment and its' management has been, and continues to be a very topical issue. Existing environment and development texts place emphasis is on listing problems, making warnings and voicing advocacy, but by focusing on environmental management, this informative book offers a very different perspective.Moving on from the usual much-discussed viewpoints, author Barrow looks towards practical management and problem-solving techniques. He clarifies the definition, nature and role of environmental management in development and developing countries, beginning with an introduction to the key terms, issues and tools of environmental management, which are linked and developed in later chapters, and concluding by discussing who pays for environmental management and its future in developing countries.Written by an experienced and well-known author, this clear, user-friendly book, ideal for students of resource management, geography and development studies, makes excellent use of chapter summaries, boxed case studies, annotated further readings and websites, discussion questions and illustrations.


Environmental management is evolving rapidly and is increasingly being applied in developing countries, and to transboundary and global issues. It is being embraced by many sectors of human activity and its practitioners are very diverse. Developed and developing countries share the same global environment and development activities are often linked; for example, a large car-hire company recently funded forest planting in Bangladesh in order to claim 'carbon-neutral' status on the world-scale. It was offsetting pollution it caused in the North against environmental 'improvement' in the South, which cost it less to undertake.

There have been few books on environmental management and developing countries, although there is no shortage of manuals on how to apply specific tools or approaches in particular situations.

This book explores environmental management, with the focus on developing countries and the development process worldwide. Environmental management is a wide field, and there is a great diversity of environmental managers involved in development. Expatriate specialist environmental consultants have a relatively tight focus and tend to use established tools and approaches. Academics in developed and developing countries may research issues in-depth, but usually deal less with practical decision making. Commercial or government environmental managers have their priorities. Stakeholders in the development process include individuals, groups, nations, special interest groups, and many more.

The process of development takes place in the environment, using resources, generating waste and causing other impacts. Efforts are now made to plan and control the development process and how it relates with nature, but what exactly is environmental management? Is it a single field or discipline? Is it a process? Is it an agreed approach? Is it efforts to identify and pursue goals? Perhaps a philosophy? Or, is it environment and development problem solving?

Humans have survived environmental challenges and prospered as a species through forward thinking and being adaptable - environmental management is, or should be, the latest means to those ends. In a crowded and increasingly degraded,

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