Environmental Information in Developing Nations: Politics and Policies

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Epilogue

In travelling to the state capitals of Brazil and to many developing countries to gather data for the present research, I have acquired a new perception of environmental information as a human fraternity. Even though a few authorities opted for a noncommunication posture, many others in both the public and the private sectors have shared their knowledge and their warmth.

Through this experience I also came to understand that the individual himself, as a representative of a specific culture, is an essential dimension of environmental information. Thus, everyone in the street seemed to me to be a witness to the local context and a testimony to his time and environment.

This human perspective of environmental information is an open door to research and library work: the saga of the human environment is there to be written, and every individual has a piece of information to contribute to it. On the other hand, the rescue of millions of individuals from underdevelopment demands from librarians--as from all professionals--a deep involvement in society's goals and projects.

The hospitality of those men and women who have welcomed me, an unknown researcher, with the friendly attitude of serious professionals gave me the firm conviction that the cause of environmental information in developing countries has many allies, and that world solidarity is a very possible dream.

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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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