Community Solutions for Environmental Governance

Since the 1980s, there has been mounting evidence of unprecedented ecological decline in a range of scales, from local habitats to the global earth system (WHO, 2005; Rockström et al., 2009). Until the beginning of the 1990s, the dominant approach for dealing with ‘sustainable development’ was government-led (Dryzek, 2005). But with the growth of globalised, […]

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Forests of the Northeast

The eight states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura – the northeast region of India, constitute one of the 18 recognised biodiversity hotspots of the world. Occupying 7.7 per cent of India’s geographical area the northeast contains more than one third of the country’s total biodiversity. Of increasing concern is […]

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The Consumption Explosion

Middle class consumption patterns around the world, not population in the South, is the most immediate ecological challenge. But with sprouting middle classes in India and elsewhere, mapping the geography of responsibility for hazardous global environmental changes is now a complex matter. Population explosion – population bomb – population problem – population overload… These are […]

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REDD and Indigenous Communities in India

Earning financial incentives from carbon trading by avoiding forest emissions is known as REDD – reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation. The anticipated benefit from such transactions is alluring for economy-building developing nations but the advantages of such a policy need to be weighed before committing to REDD in totality. It is believed that deforestation […]

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