Economics of Poverty, Environment and Natural-Resource Use

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Proceedings of the Frontis Workshop on Economics of poverty, environment and natural-resource use, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 17-20 May 2006

Rob B. Dellink
Arjan Ruijs
Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Series editor:
R.J. Bogers
Frontis – Wageningen International Nucleus for Strategic Expertise
Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

About the book | Table of Contents

Reduction of poverty is a tremendous and persistent challenge for the global community. Given that the livelihood of millions is at stake, there is an urgent need to reconsider the causes of and the remedies for poverty. Poverty and its reduction are closely linked to the natural-resources base. Teasing apart the direction of causality in this resource-poverty nexus is a serious empirical challenge. This book contributes to an improved understanding of the economic dimensions of environmental and natural-resource management and poverty alleviation. Three sides of the debate receive particular attention. First, the relation between resource use and poverty is discussed from a theoretical point of view. Secondly, it is questioned whether payments for environmental services can be an effective tool for stimulating both sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation. Thirdly, alternative strategies to break the land degradation-poverty cycle are discussed.

As Rashid Hassan states: "Readers will find in this book a good formal theoretical synthesis of the subtle and multidimensional inter-linkages between poverty, environment and natural-resource use supported with rich case-study analyses. This book is a significant addition to existing knowledge of the complex causal mechanisms involved and shows how context variations make it especially hard to design generalized policy solutions to achieve the dual objectives of poverty eradication and nature conservation. It is a must-read book for many people, especially those directly involved in the practice or the study of ways of managing the coupled social-ecological systems to improve the wellbeing of the poor today and of all future generations."

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