Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean by Aldemaro RomeroEnvironmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean by Aldemaro Romero

Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean

byAldemaro RomeroEditorSarah E. West

Paperback | October 19, 2010

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We began this book with a simple goal- to assemble a collection of readings for an undergraduate interdisciplinary course taught by one of us (AR) at Macalester College. This course explored environmental problems and solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean using both natural science and social science methods. After a literature search failed to produce an anthology of interdisciplinary readings appropriate for the course, we set out to compile one. We sought papers that dealt with the most salient environmental problems in the region, that were written by experts, and that were appropriate for undergraduate students. Most importantly, we sought papers that clearly demonstrate the contributions that experts from one discipline can make to analysis in another discipline. We sought papers that, for example, show how biological species assessments can be used to inform the politics of biodiversity conservation. We sought papers that show how economic analysis can be used to predict the likely effects of human behavior on ecosystems. We sought papers that pay close attention to how institutions, both national and international, affect the outcome of environmental initiatives. To find essays that fit our needs, we sent out a world-wide call for papers, chose the most promising submissions, and subjected these submissions to peer review. The twelve approved essays represent the work of researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. All the authors have direct experience with Latin America and the Caribbean and the region's problems.
(a)Aldemaro Romeroobtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami (1984). Currently he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University. He has published more than 430 pieces of work including peer-reviewed articles...
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Title:Environmental Issues in Latin America and the CaribbeanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 24 × 16 × 0.01 inPublished:October 19, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Dedication. Contributing Authors. Preface. Acknowledgments. PART 1: PAST AND PRESENT CONSERVATION CHALLENGES: 1. In the Land of the Mermaid: How Culture, not Ecology, Influenced Marine Mammal Exploitation in the Southeastern Caribbean. 2. Conserving the Pines of Guadelupe and Cedros Islands, Mexico: An International Collaboration. 3. Biodiversity Conservation in Bolivia: History, Trends, and Challenges.- PART 2: NATIONAL POLICIES, LOCAL COMMUNITIES, AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: 4. Peasants, Environment, and Maize 'Modernization' in Zacapoaxtla, Mexico, 1974-82. 5. Planting Trees, Building Democracy: Sustainable Community Forestry in Mexico.- PART 3: GETTING THE PRICES RIGHT: MECHANISMS FOR PROTECTING PUBLIC GOODS: 6. Market-Based Policies for Pollution Control in Latin America. 7. A Deeper Solution for the International Commons: Building an Effort Control Regime for the Eastern Tropical Pacific Tuna Fishery. 8. Eco-Labeling in Latin America: Providing a Scientific Foundation for Consumer Confidence in Market-Based Conservation Strategies.- PART 4: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND JUSTICE SYSTEMS: 9. Public Prosecutors and Environmental Protection in Brazil. 10. Democracy by Proxy: Environmental NGOs and Policy Change in Mexico.- PART 5: THE EFFECTS OF TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES ON THE ENVIRONMENT: 11. Economic Progress in the Countryside, Forests, and Public Policy: Some Lessons from Ecuador and Chile. 12. Environmental Implications of Cuba's Development Strategy during the Special Period.- Index.