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The Himalayan Dilemma: Reconciling Development And Conservation
by Jack D. Ives And Bruno Messerli
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"This is an important book that deserves to be read by everyone concerned with . . . major environmental issues."
`This is an important book that deserves to be read by everyone concerned with presenting major environmental issues in a realistic and honest way.' - Geography
`An important book which should be read by anyone who is concerned for environmental issues...an essential text for policy makers and aid professionals, as well as for students of environmental studies and international development...a beautifully produced book, a real tribute to the art of the book maker. 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 book is an excellent model for integrated and interdisciplinary approach for understanding mountain problems at Himalayan scale. A comprehensive reference list is included. Maps, diagrams and photographs enhance the book's topical importance.' - National Geographical Journal of India
`Through its clarity of approach, width of subject matter and its undeniable topical interest, this highly geographical book will be enjoyed by a wide readership, ranging from conservationists, foresters and geomorphologists to planners and politicians.' - Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
The Himalayas have experienced a population explosion which has stripped the mountain forests, causing erosion, landslides, and massive damage downstream in the Ganges plain . . . or so it is claimed by the dubious Theory of Himalayan Environmental Degradation. In this book, renowned authorities Jack D. Ives and Bruno Messerli dissect and dismember the theory, showing how its mistaken assumptions have misguided development policy and foreign aid for decades. They challenge received notions of the causes and effects of deforestation, and argue that mountain subsistence farmers, far from being a source of the region's problems, are in fact an integral part of the solution.
About the Author
Jack D. Ives is Professor of Geology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and President of the International Mountain Society. Bruno Messerli is Professor of Geology at the University of Berne, and Chairman of the Commission on Mountain Geoecology, International Geographical Union.
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