Environmental Information in Developing Nations: Politics and Policies

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Environmental Information Systems in the Third World

Quite understandable from the technological point of view, a great deal of information about the environment of the Third World is processed and available firsthand in developed countries, as for instance, through GEMS, WWW or, in the case of satellite images, in the USA. However, this information covers only a part of the subject and only from a single-sided perspective. To span the whole picture of the Third World environment, this information should be associated with local information available through formal systems of environmental information or through scattered nonconventional sources of information, such as nonpublished reports, government officers, journalists and environmental experts. Some of the institutional sources may be found using INFOTERRA as a starting point. Facing such a mosaic, information about the Third World environment becomes an intriguing puzzle, which always demands sagacious efforts from the individual researcher to integrate and to validate data.

Another problem causing the international community to be poorly informed about the Third World environment and its management is the shortage of publications that take a global approach to the subject or that discuss socioeconomic implications of environmental management within the context and from the viewpoint of underdevelopment. For different reasons, both foreign and local writers fail to give a clear picture to the public. Even the few foreign scientists and journalists attentive to environmental issues in the Third World tend to analyze them from the standpoint fashionable at a given time as, for instance, at present, the conurbations of Latin America and Asia or the defores-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Librarianship and Information Science ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acronyms and Abbreviations xi
  • 1 - Environmental Pollution and Development 3
  • Notes 26
  • 2 - International Fora 33
  • Notes 46
  • 3 - Environment in the Third World 49
  • Notes 65
  • 4 - The Design of Environmental Information Systems in Developing Countries 69
  • Notes 83
  • 5 - Environmental Information Systems in the Third World 85
  • Notes 118
  • 6 - Does Any Light Gleam at the End of the Tunnel? 121
  • Notes 133
  • Epilogue 137
  • APPENDIX Main Institutional Sources on Environmental Information in the Third World 139
  • Bibliography 153
  • Index 163
  • About the Author 174
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