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  • Environment /1 of 24
    environment

    Hard-Bound Book • 2007 Edition
    Pages: 264
    ISBN 81-7188-466-0
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    Environmental Requirements and Market Access

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    <p>With progressive liberalisation of quantitative restrictions and tariff barriers following multilateral trade negotiations in WTO, environmental standards have emerged as significant trade barriers for developing countries’ exports. In this volume, leading experts examine the incidence of environmental requirements in the North and their impact on market access for Southern products especially those from South Asia. The book deals with various dimensions of such environmental and health related standards and their impact on South Asian trade in terms of their prohibitive effect, discriminatory impact and high compliance costs. The volume concludes with an agenda of action points for governments, business houses and international agencies to address the challenge.</p>

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  • Environment /2 of 24
    environment

    Hard-Bound Book • 2005 Edition
    Pages: 248
    ISBN 817188427X
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    Eco-Imperialism

    Green Power, Black Death

    Paul Driessen


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    <p align="justify" style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 6">This book should have been written years ago. It reveals a dark secret of the ideological environmental movement. The movement imposes the views of mostly wealthy, comfortable Americans and Europeans on mostly poor, desperate Africans, Asians and Latin Americans. It violates these people’s most basic human rights, denying them economic opportunities, the chance for better lives, the right to rid their countries of diseases that were vanquished long ago in Europe and the United States. Even worse, in league with the European Union, United Nations and other bureaucrats, the movement stifles vigorous, responsible debate over energy, pesticides, biotechnology and trade. It prevents needy nations from using the very technologies that developed countries employed to become rich, comfortable and free of disease. And as a consequence, it sends millions of infants, children, men and women to early graves every year.</p> <p align="justify" style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 6">The ideological environmental movement is a powerful $4-billion-a-year US industry, an $8-billion-a-year international gorilla. Many of its members are intensely eco-centric, and seem to believe that wildlife and ecological values are more important than human progress or even human life.</p> <p align="justify" style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 6">As this book forcefully points out, these radical activists have now wrapped their ideologies up in several elastic principles that focus on perceived environmental threats and largely ignore human needs.... What makes Eco-Imperialism unique, though, is not just its insightful analysis of corporate and environmental “ethics”, but its reliance on personal, sometimes angry observations by people from less developed countries, who must bear the brunt of these misguided environmental policies.</p> <p align="justify" style="margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 6">Driessen does a masterful job of stripping away the radicals’ mantle of virtue, dissecting their bogus claims and holding them to the moral and ethical standards they have long demanded for everyone except themselves. And he does so with humor, outrage and passion – and always without pulling any punches. Every concerned citizen and policymaker should read this book. The environmentalists will hate it. The world’s destitute masses will love it. And everyone will be challenged by it to reexamine their beliefs and the environmental establishment’s claims.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" height="173" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="21" width="3%">&nbsp;</td> <td height="21" width="68%"> <hr color="#DEDEDE" size="1" /></td> <td height="21" width="4%">&nbsp;</td> <td class="backcolor" height="21" width="25%">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="21" width="3%">&nbsp;</td> <td height="21" style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 8pt" width="68%"> <p style="margin-left: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 4">The environmental movement I helped found has lost its objectivity, morality and humanity. The pain and suffering it is inflicting on families in developing countries must no longer be tolerated. This book is the first one I've seen that tells the truth and lays it on the line. It's a must-read for anyone who cares about people, progress and our planet.</p> <p style="margin-left: 60; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0">— Patrick Moore</p> <p style="margin-left: 75; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 12">Greenpeace co-founder</p> <p style="margin-left: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 4">Paul Driessen has given us an amazing tour de force. He explores one of today's most perplexing problems: the environmentally sensitive rich demanding that the Third World's poor forego feeding themselves, solving their health and energy problems, and taking their rightful place among the earth's prosperous people. Eco-Imperialism provides terrific intellectual ammunition and is outstandingly written. Very gripping to read.</p> <p style="margin-left: 60; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0">— Rabbi Daniel Lapin</p> <p style="margin-left: 75; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 12">Toward Tradition</p> <p style="margin-left: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 4">Developing countries need to be free to make their own decisions about how to improve their people's lives. Activists who've never had to worry about starvation, malaria and simple survival have no right to impose their fears, prejudices and ideologies on the world's poor. That's the central message of this book. It's a message that needs to be spread far and wide.</p> <p style="margin-left: 60; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0">— CS Prakash</p> <p style="margin-left: 75; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 12">Professor of plant genetics<br /> Tuskegee University</p> <p style="margin-left: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 4">Driessen does a masterful job of stripping away the radicals’ mantle of virtue, dissecting their bogus claims and holding them to the moral and ethical standards they have long demanded for everyone except themselves. And he does so with humor, outrage and passion – and always without pulling any punches. Every concerned citizen and policymaker should read this book. The environmentalists will hate it. The world’s destitute masses will love it. And everyone will be challenged by it to reexamine their beliefs and the environmental establishment’s claims.</p> <p style="margin-left: 60; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0">— Niger Innis</p> <p style="margin-left: 75; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 12">Congress of Racial Equality</p> <p style="margin-left: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 4">As the author Paul Driessen, forcefully points out, the precautionary principle may safeguard healthy people in wealthy developed countries from risks associated with conjectural, or concocted, environmental catastrophes. But it does so by imposing real, immediate, life-threatening risks on the world’s most powerless and impoverished people – denying them the chance for better lives and thereby perpetuating the misery, malnutrition, disease and premature death that suffocate hopes, opportunities and lives in poor nations...</p> <p style="margin-left: 0; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 4">... It is a battle that must be fought – and one that can be won. In so doing, we can prove to India and the world that poor people have every right to enjoy the health and prosperity that so many in the West accept as their birthright. And that protecting the environment does not have to mean trampling on the hopes and human rights of the developing world.</p> <p style="margin-left: 60; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0">— Deepak Lal</p> <p style="margin-left: 75; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0">James S. Coleman Professor of International<br /> Development Studies at the University of<br /> California, Los Angeles, and<br /> Professor Emeritus of Political Economy,<br /> University College, London<br /> (Excerpts from the Foreword)</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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  • Environment /3 of 24
    environment

    Paperback • 2013
    Pages: 92
    ISBN 9788171889679
    US$49.95
    All color; with numerous photos
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    Waterwealth?

    Investing in Basin management in Asia and the Pacific

    Ganesh Pangare‚ Binayak Das‚ Wouter Lincklaen Arriens‚ Ian Makin


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    <p>WATERWEALTH? highlights how people work together to secure water for all through innovative approaches in basins.</p> <p><br /> Drawing from a cross section of 43 case studies, WATERWEALTH? highlights challenges in improving governance and water performance and illustrates examples of new approaches and practices that basin managers are now applying to secure water for all. The solutions presented are home grown, building on international experience rather than transplants from elsewhere.</p>

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  • Environment /4 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2013
    Pages: 278
    ISBN 9789332700307
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    India’s Nuclear Energy Programme

    Future Plans, Prospects and Concerns

    R. Rajaraman (Ed.)


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    <p>Nuclear energy is one of the most contentious areas of India’s technology policy today. This book contains state-of-the-art discussions, by top experts, of a whole range of diverse issues that constitute this complex subject.</p> <p>The topics discussed include: public concerns like reactor safety and radiation hazards, technical issues like the use of breeder reactors and closed fuel cycles, and legal issues like the regulatory bodies, major legislative acts, international conventions and rules.<br /> What is very special about this book is that it brings together, for the first time, expert contributions both from apex leaders of the nuclear programme and from those who have serious reservations about the programme. Matters are discussed in sufficient detail so that the reader can assess the arguments pro and con.</p>

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  • Environment /5 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2014
    Pages: 134
    ISBN 9789332701069
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    Vulnerability and Risk Measurement of Climate Induced Disasters in Gujarat

    Shital Shukla


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    <p>Risk and vulnerability measurement is the first necessary step for any serious contemplation of disaster reduction strategies as well as climate change policies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Measuring vulnerability risk is an emerging technique which can systematically assess and analyse vulnerability and risk due to future possible climatic hazards. It can reveal many adverse effects which are led by climate induced disasters on society. Therefore, it helps state as well as society for preparing and adopting adequate and successful measures for reducing the risk factors. In other words, measuring vulnerability and risk can show direction for preventing losses. It leads towards preparedness to reduce recovery time rather than dependence on relief and reconstruction and can help decision-makers in prioritising their intervention for proactive disaster mitigation strategies and climate change policies.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This book has assessed the pattern of climate induced disaster in Gujarat. It argues that disasters and develop-ment are mutually related. Disasters can create a setback in a process of development. At the same time, the type of development can increase or reduce the risk due to disaster. Therefore, the risk due to climate induced disasters also depends on vulnerability pattern on the state. This book has explored a regional model for assessing the pattern of vulnerability within the state by identifying the determinants of vulnerability existing &nbsp;in the state. It has finally provided the ways and means of integrating risk reduction strategies into development planning and climate change policies. &nbsp;</p>

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  • Environment /6 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2014
    Pages: 154
    ISBN 9789332700987
    US$45.95

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    Hydro Diplomacy

    Sharing Water Across Borders


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    <p>The book is one of the first of its kind discussing &nbsp;transboundary water resources management from the perspective of international relations and regional cooperation.&nbsp;Managing &nbsp;transboundary waters is not just the domain of water managers but involves other considerations of foreign policy, diplomacy, trade and related issues.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The monograph brings together diverse perspectives from politicians, diplomats, academics, practioners, bureaucrats, scientists and civil society on the concept of Hydro-diplomacy.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As very aptly put by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, “A new hydro-cartography and a new hydro-wisdom must back hydro-diplomacy to address river water issues and to face the larger water crisis that looms overhead and under our feet”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>IUCN is hopeful that this publication would pave the way for further understanding and deliberations on the subject of Hydro-diplomacy.</p>

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  • Environment /7 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2012
    Pages: 208
    ISBN 9788171889709
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    Perspectives on Water

    Constructing Alternative Narratives

    Lydia Powell‚ Sonali Mittra (Eds.)


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    <p>We human beings like to make sense of the world by constructing narratives to explain and interpret events to ourselves and to others. &nbsp;In the last decade, we have constructed many narratives on the growing imbalance between freshwater supply, consumption and population. Yet the ecological, social and economic benefits that freshwater systems provide and the trade-off between consumptive and on-stream benefits remain contested. &nbsp;The collection of narratives in this volume, which go deeper into the issue from both a developed and developing country perspective, call for a global perspective on sustainable use of water with an exclusive emphasis on better management of shared river basins and individual watersheds.</p>

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  • Environment /8 of 24
    environment

    Paperback • 2012
    Pages: 258
    ISBN 9788171889655
    US$29.95

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    Nhava & Sheva

    Battling for the Environment: Oil, Ports and the Coastline

    Shyam Chainani


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  • Environment /9 of 24
    environment

    Paperback • 2011
    Pages: 800
    ISBN 9788171889044
    US$39.95

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    Strengthening Resilience in Post-disaster Situations

    Stories, Experience and Lessons from South Asia

    Julian Gonsalves‚ Priyanka Mohan (Eds.)

    In association with IDRC, Canada



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    <p>To mitigate, develop and improve the lives of those vulnerable to intense natural disasters, climate change and food insecurity, many agencies are funding and implementing diverse activities from reconstruction to rehabilitation. In particular, mid-to long-term interventions, strategies, and practical approaches are being designed and adopted to build the resilience of the poor. This book presents the lessons and impacts from a collection of these projects, describing concepts, strategies, processes, and tools in such a way that they can be easily replicated and shared with a wider audience. It describes valuable practical experiences and lessons from the field, capturing a range of diverse interventions from implementing agencies involved in post-disaster rehabilitation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Part 1 presents an overview of the coastal threats and post-tsunami issues faced by the coastal communities of South Asia. Part 2 examines the concept of risk reduction and, in doing so, brings together the focal elements of resilience, mitigation and adaptation. Part 3 describes the pathways for building the capacity of vulnerable communities to withstand and rebuild from natural disasters. Part 4 presents real-life stories of how post-disaster rehabilitation and resilience-building projects have led to positive change at the community level.</p>

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  • Environment /10 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2012
    Pages: 402
    ISBN 9788171889730
    US$69.95

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    India’s Energy Transition

    Possibilities and Prospects

    R.K. Mishra‚ V. Balaji Nagendra Kumar

    In association with IPE, Hyderabad



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    <p><em>India's Energy Transition: Possibilities, and Prospects</em> discusses India's complex and multi-dimentional energy problems in general, and the complex challenges faced by India's energy sector and power sector in particular. It presents the possibilities and prospects for India's energy transition in the context of the policy environment and the ground realities. It is time for student and the power sector professionals to own this book, equip themselves with the requisite knowledge and play a herculean role in making India an energy and power sufficient country.</p>

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  • Environment /11 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2008
    Pages: 282
    ISBN 8171885543

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    From Resource Scarcity to Ecological Security

    Exploring New Limits To Growth

    Dennis Pirages‚ Ken Cousins


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    <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> From Resource Scarcity to Ecological Security revisits the findings of “The Global 2000 Report to the President” — commissioned by President Jimmy Carter and released in 1980 — and presents an up-to-date over-view, informed by the earlier projections, of such critical topics as population, water, food, energy, climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity. It examines current environmental trends in order to consider the state of the global environment over the next thirty years and discusses what can be done now to achieve ecological security.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The contributors to From Resource Scarcity to Ecological Security find that the world population will likely continue to level off, but the population decline in many industrialized countries will create new socioeconomic and political problems — including the "reverse demographic shock" of disproportionately large aging populations. Although world food production is likely to increase at a rate that keeps up with population growth, greater demand in China as well as distributional issues will keep significant numbers of people malnourished. In addition to these continuing scarcity issues, ecological insecurity may increase because of new threats that include global warming, loss of biodiversity, bioinvasion, and the rapid worldwide spread of new diseases. Assessing Limits to Growth not only analyzes the nature of these impending problems but also suggests ways to solve them.</p>

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  • Environment /12 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2008
    Pages: 352
    ISBN 8171885551

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    Paths to a Green World

    The Poltical Economy Of The Global Environment

    Jennifer Clapp‚ Peter Dauvergne


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    <p>This comprehensive and accessible text fills the need for a political economy view of global environmental politics, focusing on the ways key economic processes affect environmental outcomes. It examines the main actors and forces shaping global environmental management, particularly in the developing world. Moving beyond the usual academic emphasis on inter-national agreements and institutions, it strives to integrate debates within the real world of global policy and the academic world of theory.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The book maps out an original typology of four contrasting worldviews of environmental change—those of market liberals, institutionalists, bioenvironmentalists, and social greens— and uses these as a framework to examine the links between the global political economy and ecological change. This typology not only helps students understand and participate in debates about these worldviews but also provides a common language for students and instructors to discuss the issues across the social sciences. The book covers globalization and its consequences for the environment; the evolution of global discourse and global environmental governance; wealth, poverty, and consumption; the impact on the environment of global trade and trade agreements; transnational corporations and differential environmental standards; and the environmental effects of international financing, including multilateral lending and aid and bilateral and private finance. Brief, illustrative case studies appear throughout the text.</p>

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  • Environment /13 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2008
    Pages: 420
    ISBN 9788171886272
    US$69.95

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    Management of Natural Resources

    Institutions for Sustainable Livelihood: The case of Rajasthan

    Sunil Ray


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    <p>In this book the author explores the relevance of communitarian institutional approach for sustainable management of renewable natural resources in Rajasthan. The book is interdisciplinary and closely verifies institutional development within the power theoretic framework. Moving from case to case, it searches for a conceivable strategy for equitable management of renewable natural resources in the public domain. While having followed proven methodologies, it has examined several aspects of institutional interventions and ecological changes that have serious implications for livelihood generation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the fact that the rural society is socially and economically heterogeneous, the book reveals that institutional sustainability against the backdrop of unequal power relations may succeed in restoring degraded eco-system by means of expanding bio-diversity. And, by doing so, it could ensure livelihood of the poor and the disadvantaged in a drought that prevailed for more than three years. All these bring missing links between poverty reduction and ecological restoration to the centre of the development discourse. Prof. Ray has systematically drawn some insightful lessons from the scenario analysis of the institutions and explores complementarity between market and community institutions. While conflicts on command over renewable resources in the state are inescapable, their resolution must be sought in the public domain, suggests Prof. Ray. It may call for vertical integration between the state, civil society organisations and community institutions.</p>

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  • Environment /14 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2006
    Pages: 212
    ISBN 8171885616
    US$79.95

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    Global Perspectives on Integrated Water Resources Management

    A Resource Kit

    Vasudha Pangare‚ Ganesh Pangare‚ Viraj Shah‚ P. Somasekhar Rao


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    <p>Making IWRM everybody's business</p> <p><br /> The term Integrated Water Resources Management is currently the most widely used among water academics, practitioners, professionals and policy-makers, and yet is the least understood. Recent policy reforms in developing countries focus on institutionalising the concept and principles of IWRM. But without a clear understanding of the concept and what it involves in implementation, the reform process will at best be only partially successful. Policies will be written, new institutional arrangements will be laid out, but the main actors themselves will not understand their roles. IWRM literature is aimed at academics, leaving out most of the stakeholders without whose participation there can be no implementation of IWRM. These are a large section of development professionals, the civil society, local communities, government officials and even the private sector. IWRM also involves professionals from many different fields, such as engineers, economists, and social scientists who also need to understand IWRM if they are to make effective contribution to the reform and implementation process. And in many situations, they are hesitant to acknowledge their lack of understanding about the concept.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Publications by different organisations focus on their own definitions and programmes. There needs to be better exchange of information, methodology and coordination between the different organisations that promote IWRM. Through this document we have tried to introduce the concept of IWRM and bring together various definitions prevalent today, without any particular focus on any one definition or organisation. We have tried to explain the normative, strategic and operative dimensions of IWRM in a way that is easy to understand even for the least knowledgeable. The language and terminology used is simple and we have tried to avoid the use of ‘jargon’ and ‘rhetoric’.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The document presents 12 case studies which explain and illustrate different aspects of IWRM. These case studies are from different parts of the world representing different scales of river basin organisations and projects ranging from the very local, like the Gagas River Basin, to large transboundary basins such as the Mekong and Rhine. The enabling environment, institutional arrangements and implementation processes are highlighted for a better understanding of what these mean within the context of IWRM.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, IWRM is still a debatable concept, a concept that seems to have all the answers to meet our water related challenges, yet is difficult to grasp and pin down. IWRM is a way of doing things right but not a strategy that will make things right. IWRM process takes a lot of time to be put into practice. Without consistent pursuit in the aims and objectives, IWRM plans will not be implemented successfully. IWRM involves all, and gives a message that it is not water that should be everybody's business, but making IWRM work.</p>

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  • Environment /15 of 24
    environment

    Hard-Cover • 2005
    Pages: 495
    ISBN 8171884261
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    Terracotta Reader

    A Market Approach to the Environment

    Parth J Shah‚ Vidisha Maitra (Eds.)


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    <p>The green movement aims at changing the human nature to preserve the environment. This book builds a terracotta movement that focuses on changing incentives to manage the environment. Terracotta means 'burnt earth,' and refers to earthenware made from this material. It is the creation of human action on a natural resource. Terracotta symbolises the philosophy that values natural resources, not in isolation, but in their relation to human beings. This relationship is not always extractive or consumptive, as the greens claim. It is often aesthetic, contemplative, and spiritual. All the varied relationships are nonetheless between humans and the ecology - and their complex interactions and interdependence. Theirs is a heroic mission to change human nature, ours is a human endeavour to create a better world by restructuring incentives. The green vision versus the terracotta vision !</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To provide material comforts we use material resources, leading to environmental problems. The greens' governmental approach of guns and guards has proven to be a dismal failure. Instead of rethinking the approach, they are determined to intensify it : more consciousness raising, stricter rules, harsher penalties. The terracotta approach relies on the incentives that come with resource ownership for prudent, sustainable management. The individual, family, and community owner-ship or stewardship provides right incentives. Government ownership leads to the tragedy of the collective.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Give communities property right to natural resources. It would achieve the dual objective of the protection of resources and their emancipation from poverty. When the resource must remain in collective ownership, design rules such that users pay the price for the use of the resource (market-based instruments). The green vision of wilderness versus the terracotta vision of wise use !</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The environmental problems arise not because our nature is to pollute, poach, misuse, overuse, but because the incentives are perverse. Change the incentives by restructuring ownership and pricing and the outcomes will change-towards a greener and humane terracotta world.</p>

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  • Environment /16 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2009
    Pages: 264
    ISBN 9788171886869
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    Water Security and Management

    Ecological Imperatives and Policy Options

    V. Ratna Reddy


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    <p>The proposed book is an attempt towards an integrated approach for water security and management in the backdrop of irrigation reforms in Andhra Pradesh. In the absence of an integrated approach, ‘water security’ would remain a distant dream. Water security ensures equity and sustainability. In the context of scarcity, allocation of water should be governed by optimality rather than productivity. For, optimality combines economic as well as social benefits. Water security is indispensable for addressing inter and intra-regional as well as inter-household inequalities in growth and development and sustaining the ecological balance. In fragile resource regions, environmental degradation is seen as a cause of household food insecurity and as a consequence of water insecurity. That is food security is linked to water security through environmental degradation in these regions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The book is based on the author’s work on four important aspects of irrigation management, namely, canals, tanks, wells, and water pollution. The study emanates from intensive field research covering different agro-climatic locations in Andhra Pradesh. The study highlights the inter-linkages between different sources of irrigation as well as approaches to irrigation management and argues for an integrated approach for achieving water security.</p>

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  • Environment /17 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2007
    Pages: 318
    ISBN 8171885497

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    Thirsty Planet

    Strategies for Sustainable Water Management

    Constance Elizabeth Hunt


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    <p>By 2025 nearly 2 billion people will live in regions experiencing absolute water scarcity.</p> <p><br /> In the face of this emerging crisis, how should the planet's water be used and managed? Current international policy sees nature competing with human uses of water. Hunt takes issue with this perspective. She suggests that nature is the source of water and only by making the conservation of nature an absolute priority will we have the water we need in future for human use. It is essential, therefore, to manage water in ways that maintain the water cycle and the ecosystems that support it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>THIRSTY PLANET&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>looks at the complexity of the problem. It provides a wide array of ideas, information, case studies and ecological knowledge - often from remote corners of the developing world - that could provide an alternative vision for water use and management at this critical time.<br /> Essential and compelling reading for students on courses related to water resource management and development, for water managers and decision makers, and for non-specialists with an interest in global water issues.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>'Constance Hunt does a valuable service by providing a concise and readable primer on the task of preserving the freshwater ecosystems on which we all depend. Thirsty Planet is required reading for anyone interested in learning what tools we have available to meet one of the greatest challenges to humanity and nature in the 21st century.'</p> <p><strong>KATHRYN S FULLER (President, World Wildlife Fund)</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> 'This is a tremendous book for anyone taking a serious look at global water problems. Constance Hunt exposes the powerful forces that have damaged rivers and watersheds and impaired the ability of natural ecosystems to supply clean water. She shows that the big water companies are using their power for a dramatic takeover of public water resources for private profit without thought of sustainability for the long term.'</p> <p><strong>BRENT BLACKWELDER (President, Friends of the Earth)</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> This book is a valuable addition to works on global water issues and the painstaking research involved is obvious.<br /> — Down To Earth</p>

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  • Environment /18 of 24
    environment

    Hard-cover • 2007
    Pages: 292
    ISBN 8171885837
    US$59.95

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    Keeping the Water Flowing

    Understanding the Role of Institutions, Incentives, Economics and Entrepreneurship in Ensuring Access and Optimising Utilisation of Water

    Barun Mitra‚ Kendra Okonski‚ Mohit Satyanand (Eds.)


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    <p>The wettest spot on earth has no drinking water ! Cherrapunji, in northeast India, epitomises the contradictions of the water scenario on the blue planet. It is reasonable to expect that water should be freely available on a globe where three-quarters of the surface of the planet is covered with water.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On the other hand, delivering to human settlements, water of acceptable quality, with reasonable regularity and in adequate quantity, requires investments in infrastructure and management. Irrespective of the amount of water available, these will not be forth-coming unless there are appropriate institutions and corresponding incentives. Given the nature of the public sector water utilities in India, and many places around the world, the scarcity of drinking water in Cherrapunji is not an aberration, but an inevitable consequence of institutional failure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The contributors in this volume analyse the incentive structure of water supply systems. Through a range of case studies from different countries, the authors showcase the wide range of grassroots endeavours to tackle the water situation by the people. The authors explain the phenomenon of de facto water markets already functioning in many parts of the planet. The book calls for a greater appreciation of market-oriented water sector reforms.</p>

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    Hard-cover • 2006
    Pages: 194
    ISBN 8171885209
    US$39.95

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    Interlinking of Rivers in India

    Overview and Ken-Betwa Link

    Yoginder K Alagh‚ Ganesh Pangare‚ Biksham Gujja (Eds.)


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    <p>The programme of Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) in India has been one of the most ambitious ideas ever, of any government till date. It is an idea that has conjured up visions for the common Indian — of a country free from floods and droughts, and people in Tamil Nadu tasting the sweet waters of the holy Ganges. Such images of passion and emotion contrasted together with the recurring floods and droughts in various parts of the country have helped those in power to sell the dream of river linking to the people.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Backed by the Supreme Court judgement and a supportive and a strong advocate of the project, the President of India, the NDA government went all out to promote and get this project initiated. The present UPA government is also taking forward this idea.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A project of this magnitude needs to go through a transparent and public process of evaluation in terms of, not only the economic costs and benefits, but in all aspects of project planning. What we have until now, are only a few pre-feasibility reports of some of the links. The first report to have been put in the public domain was that of the Ken-Betwa link. The National Civil Society Committee on Interlinking of Rivers in India (NCSCILR) which has started a dialogue on this subject, has brought together experts from around the country to analyse the first pre-feasibility report put out by the government.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The book is one of the first attempts in India to look at the river linking project from a rational and well researched perspective. It is not a one sided view; care has been taken to analyse the project in an unbiased way. The book throws up various pros and cons associated with the project, and also gives insights into how such projects can be analysed. On the Ken-Betwa link, various experts have pointed out the gaps in the pre-feasibilty report, where further work needs to be done, and what needs to be taken into consideration when such projects are planned.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thus, the book is a first step in starting a well informed debate in the country, based on facts and figures, and not on rhetoric and unreasoned passion. It is left to the readers to form their own opinions about the project after going through the various arguments put forth by experts.</p>

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    Hard-cover • 2006
    Pages: 264
    ISBN 8171884288
    US$55.95

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    Sustainable Solid Waste Management

    Issues Policies and Structures

    Urvashi Dhamija


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    <p>Fast public transport, fancy shopping malls, fusion food joints... Delhi has them all. But, what about a disposal system for its filth ? 7000 tonnes of garbage gets generated every day ! There is much media coverage about workshops for awareness building among citizen groups, designer bins in lieu of dhalaos and hi-tech self-loading systems for periodically heaving the containers for final dumping under expert foreign supervision. The reality, however, is that waste in public places is becoming even more conspicuous every day. In this study, the incorrigible problem of invisibilising a city's waste in a safe manner has been demystified.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The ancient city of Delhi which is growing fast into a global metropolis has to cope up with the massive problem of managing solid waste in a sustainable manner. Dr. Dhamija’s meticulous study that combines technological and adminstrative dimensions with human sensibility keeping the interests of the less privileged people in mind, will be of immense help to citizens, scholars as well as urban planners.”<br /> <strong>— Manoranjan Mohanty&nbsp;<br /> Formerly Professor of Political Science,&nbsp;<br /> University of Delhi</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> For policy makers and practitioners in the field of urban solid-waste management, this study by Dr. Urvashi Dhamija explores the structures, policies, and issues relating to Delhi during the period 1998 to 2003. The study is relevant to most other urban centres in India, which are grappling with the burgeoning problems of municipal solid waste. The lessons learnable from Delhi can be applied to the other cities and towns in which 270 million &nbsp;people live.”<br /> <strong>— Professor George Koreth<br /> Director, Asian Centre for Organisation&nbsp;<br /> Research and Development, New Delhi.</strong></p>

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    Hard-cover • 2006
    Pages: 236
    ISBN 8171885780
    US$59.95

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    Perspectives on Polavaram

    A Major Irrigation Project Of Godavari

    Biksham Gujja‚ S. Ramakrishna‚ Vinod Goud‚ Sivaramakrishna


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    <p>"Water resource is increasingly becoming scarce and polluted. Using less water to produce more crops is going to be the new way for Indian agriculture. The debate is not on whether to build the dams or not, but on whether to build projects that benefit people without imposing unacceptably high costs for proper rehabilitation of displaced people and degradation of our ecosystem...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"This book Perspectives on Polavaram is an extremely useful contribution to this debate on large irrigation projects. It sets the new trend in our policy analysis, as it includes all the viewpoints.... To my knowledge, this is the first time a book of this kind has been published with divergent views on an irrigation project much before the project has been started."<br /> <strong>Professor C.H. Hanumantha Rao<br /> Distinguished economist and Member, National Advisory Council, Govt. of India.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br /> (excerpt from the Foreword to this volume)</p> <p>The proposed Polavaram dam, located in Godavari delta, is part of the major irrigation expansion programme of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, which includes 26 projects with an outlay of Rs. 46,000 crores ($10 billion). Controversies around major water infrastructure projects are not new in India, Polavaram being no exception. As river disputes in India are bound to take centre stage of national politics, and environmental issues are set to dominate public agenda in coming years, Polavaram project is sure to engage the attention of both common man and intellectuals / activists.<br /> Perspectives on Polavaram provides a platform to articulate diverse views on this mega irrigation project.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This book is an effort to establish an informed dialogue on Polavaram based on mutual respect. Comprising contributions by eminent people from a wide cross section of the society and representing different interest groups, this ‘first of its kind' publication attempts to bring together various perspectives on the Polavaram project .</p>

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    Hard-cover • 2006
    Pages: 392 (Four Colour)
    ISBN 817188489X
    US$99.95

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    Springs of Life

    India's Water Resources

    Ganesh Pangare‚ Vasudha Pangare‚ Binayak Das (Eds.)


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    <p>Springs of Life is a book about water in all its complexities. It is an exhaustive account of water in India, and documents the natural beauty of the water bodies, the ways in which communities live and interact with water, particularly in hostile ecosystems, the resilience of people living in water stressed regions and their common sense solutions to local water problems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Springs of Life is a rare combination of an academic book with a coffee table presentation, for the first time integrating academic rigor with field reality and pictures from the ground (over 600 colored photographs!). Without binding itself to any one discipline of irrigation or water supply, the book looks at the entire spectrum of water in the country. The research is substantiated by evidence and stories from the field, with pictures taken by traveling more than 25,000 kilometers by road across the length and breadth of the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Springs of Life is about India, but this is where about one-sixth of the world's population lives, making it a vast resource of experiences in dealing with issues related to water. India is blessed with nearly all types of agro-climatic zones — from the cold desert to the hot desert, from mountains that rise to eight thousand meters, to a coastline of more than seven thousand kilometers. India also has the place with the highest rainfall in the world and the largest riverine island. India in a way is a microcosm of the world in terms of the diversity of natural resources and ecosystems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A readable account of the past, present and future of India's water resources, the book will be useful to anyone, not just in India, but in any part of the world, working to address water related issues. There is certainly a lot to be learnt from the trials and tribulations of how India has dealt with, and continues to deal with, its water resources.</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> As the co-author Ganesh puts it : "Water is free when it falls from the sky but the price one has to pay for its mismanagement is enormous, which no one in the world can afford. Water and not oil is the real driver for the robust and sustainable development of any country." He confidently expresses : "We discovered that many things can be solved with just 'common sense' and 'being fair and just.' Of course this may be a tall order for some, but there it is.... have a look.... and you will see what we mean." The authors are presently working with World Water Institute, Pune (India) and have been for years working on water related issues through extensive traveling, academic research, participation in international meets, involvement in effective people-centred interventions to deal with present-day challenges, etc.</p>

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    Hard-cover • 2009
    Pages: 112
    ISBN 9788171887620
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    Space Security

    Need for a Proactive Approach

    Report Of The Idsa Working Group


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    <p>The existing space regime is facing new challenges as a result of the recent advances in space techno-logy and the emergence of space security is a critical dimension in national security calculus. This necessitates a proactive approach and a comprehensive space policy.<br /> This volume is an attempt in this direction to sensitise experts, policy makers and interested general audiences about the developments and debates in this area and their implications for India. The objective of this report, prepared by a Working Group comprising leading experts in the field is to provide a multi-disciplinary analysis including the technological, legal, political, diplomatic, and security dimensions.</p>

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    Hard-cover • 2009
    Pages: 192
    ISBN 9788171887637
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    Security Challenges and Implications of Climate Change for India

    Report Of The Idsa Working Group


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    <p>The IDSA Working Group on Security Implications of Climate Change for India felt that while it would be proper to oppose the securitisation&nbsp;<br /> of climate change, it would be prudent not to ignore its likely security dimensions. The Working Group Report identifies India's key vulnerabilities. Future projections of surface warming over India indicate that the annual mean area averaged surface warming is likely to be between 2 degrees and 3 degrees celcius and 3.5 and 5.5 degrees celcius by the middle and end of 21st century respectively. Trends in sea level rise indicate a possible rise between 1.06 to 2.75 mm per year. Every 1.0 degree rise in temperature would reduce wheat production by 4 to 5 million tonnes. Water scarcity will threaten food&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">supplies in India. A quarter of our biodiversity could be lost.</span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The Working Group felt that climate change cannot be delinked from the overall energy security and economic growth. The National Action Plan on Climate Change is a good beginning but its time-bound implementation needs to be ensured. India needs to improve energy efficiency in the industrial, household and transport sectors. The Working Group also looked at the possible adverse impact on the strategy and tactics of Indian armed forces. India should use climate change as an opportunity to make socio-economic development more sustainable.</span></p>

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