The Environment, Sustainable Development and Public Policies

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The Environment, Sustainable Development and Public Policies

Building Sustainability in Brazil

9781840640182 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Clóvis Cavalcanti, Ecological Economist, Senior Researcher and Head, Institute for Social Research, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Brazil
Publication Date: July 2000 ISBN: 978 1 84064 018 2 Extent: 232 pp
This book presents an interdisciplinary perspective on the possibility of creating a sustainable path of economic development which would not harm the natural environment. It presents concepts, theories, methods and policy advice on sustainability and debates the difficulty in establishing a general notion of sustainability.

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This book presents an interdisciplinary perspective on the possibility of creating a sustainable path of economic development which would not harm the natural environment. It presents concepts, theories, methods and policy advice on sustainability and debates the difficulty in establishing a general notion of sustainability.

The authors draw on a number of different disciplines to address the formulation of public policy for sustainable development in Brazil. They analyse the basic principles and motivations for sustainability, provide practical advice on how to coordinate public policies and indicate possible courses of action to reach a sustainable society. The authors conclude that there is a need to recognize the biophysical limits imposed on economics by ecosystems, the levels of participatory decision-making processes and the use of environmental services as a strategy for sustainable development.

This book will be welcomed by academics and students working in the areas of ecological and environmental economics, sustainable development, development studies and Latin American studies as well as by policymakers and practitioners.
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‘The book brings together an impressive range of international authors, and provides some powerful arguments to change the way that environmental policy is approached in order to achieve sustainable development objectives. It will be of interest to scholars of ecological and environmental economics and those concerned with environmental management in Latin America.’
– Katrina Brown, Environmental Politics

‘. . . the book provides an useful overview of the many policy issues in making sustainable development work. The Brazilian experiences discussed in the book are especially important, as we often lack documentation in the international literature of interesting policy developments in developing countries.’
– Ernst Worrell, Resources, Conservation and Recycling
Contributors
Contributors: A. Begossi, H.C. Binswanger, C. Cavalcanti, H.E. Daly, S. El Serafy, M. Faber, P.M. Fearnside, F. Jöst, H.R. Leis, R. Manstetten, P.H. May, R.B. Norgaard, D.A. Posey, J.L.R. Proops, S.C. Trindade
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Contents: 1. Government Policy for Sustainable Development 2. Towards Sustainable Development 3. Scale, Ecological Economics and the Conservation of Biodiversity 4. Environmental Valuation in the Quest for a Sustainable Future 5. Achieving a Sustainable World 6. Policies for Sustainable Development 7. Green Accounting and Macroeconomic Policy 8. A Politico-communicative Model to Overcome the Impasse of the Current Politico-technical Model for Environmental Negotiation in Brazil 9. Agenda 21 10. International Private Finance and Sustainable Development 11. Environmental Services as a Strategy for Sustainable Development in Rural Amazonia 12. Exploitation of Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge in Latin America Index
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