The Himalayan Dilemma: Reconciling Development and Conservation

Author:   Jack D. Ives ,  Bruno Messerli ,  Maurice F. Strong
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780415011570


Pages:   324
Publication Date:   02 March 1989
Format:   Hardback
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A new view of world regional catastrophes in the making and the forces that shape them emerges from this major account of the physical and human geography of the Himalaya. The authors' detailed study of the complex dynamics of the world's most magnificent and endangered mountain eco-system offers a radical reappraisal of the problems facing the Himalayan region which is relevant to a study of all the world's fragile mountain environments. They critically analyse current conventional theory linking the post-1950 population explosion with mountain deforestation, soil erosion, and massive downstream destruction. Many of the assumptions behind this thinking are shown to be invalid; others are demonstrated to be unproven - even dangerous. This authoritative and highly readable text explores the environmental and socio-economic situation in the Himalayan area, and examines the extent of the supercrisis believed to be threatening to engulf the region and its 400 million people. Developing a deeper historical perspective, the authors show that much deforestation occurred hundreds of years ago, and that widespread damage was caused by two centuries of colonial attitudes and government policies. Most important, in the authors' view, is the role played by the mountain subsistence farmer who must be recognized not so much as the cause of the problems in the Himalaya, but as the vital key to their solution. Ives and Messerli demonstrate the need to reassess much foreign aid and development policy. They also call for a new supra-national response to avert a crisis in the Himalaya. The Himalayan Dilemma is therefore an important text for policy makers and aid professionals as well as students of environmental studies and international development.

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Author:   Jack D. Ives ,  Bruno Messerli ,  Maurice F. Strong
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.760kg
ISBN:  

9780415011570


ISBN 10:   0415011574
Pages:   324
Publication Date:   02 March 1989
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

1. The Theory of Himalayan Environmental Degradation: what is the nature of the perceived crisis? 2. The Himalayan Region: a geographical overview 3. When did Deforestation Occur? An historical perspective on Himalayan forestcover changes 4. Perceived Pressures on the Himalayan Forests and Their Role as Environmental Shield 5. Mountain Slope Instability: natural processes or human intervention? 6. The Himalayan-Lowland Interactive System: do land-use changes in the mountains affect the plains? 7. The Human Dimension: what are the facts? 8. Two Approaches to the Population Pressure - land productivity decline problem in the Himalaya 9. Crisis, Pseudo-crisis, or Supercrisis? 10. Research Strategy for the Himalayan Region

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This is an important book that deserves to be read by everyone concerned with . . . major environmental issues. - Geography . . . an essential text for policy makers and aid professionals, as well as for students of development studies and international development . . . a beautifully produced book, a real tribute to the art of the bookmaker. The clean, easy to read text is complemented by excellent photographs and figures. It is indeed a book appropriate to the urgent and critical issues which it addresses. - Journal of Environmental Management This authoritative and highly readable text explores the environmental and socio-economic situation in the Himalayan area, and examines the extent of the supercrisis believed to be threatening to engulf the region and its 400 million people. . . . an important text for policy makers and aid professionals as well as students of environmental studies and international development. - Biology Digest This book is well written and enjoyable to read....will be interesting reading for scholars, resource managers, foreign aid advisers, policymakers, and all those interested in the mountain environment in general and the Himalayas in particular. -Mohan N. Shrestha, Journal of Developing Areas


This is an important book that deserves to be read by everyone concerned with . . . major environmental issues. <br>- Geography <br>. . . an essential text for policy makers and aid professionals, as well as for students of development studies and international development . . . a beautifully produced book, a real tribute to the art of the bookmaker. The clean, easy to read text is complemented by excellent photographs and figures. It is indeed a book appropriate to the urgent and critical issues which it addresses. <br>- Journal of Environmental Management <br> This authoritative and highly readable text explores the environmental and socio-economic situation in the Himalayan area, and examines the extent of the supercrisis believed to be threatening to engulf the region and its 400 million people. . . . an important text for policy makers and aid professionals as well as students of environmental studies and international development. <br>- Biology Digest <br> This book is well written and enjoyable to read....will be interesting reading for scholars, resource managers, foreign aid advisers, policymakers, and all those interested in the mountain environment in general and the Himalayas in particular. <br>-Mohan N. Shrestha, Journal of Developing Areas <br>


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