A Handbook of Environmental Management

A Handbook of Environmental Management

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Edited by Jon C. Lovett and David G. Ockwell

A Handbook of Environmental Management presents a range of case studies that demonstrate the complementary application of different social science techniques in combination with ecology-based management thinking to the natural environment. This eloquent and unique Handbook provides a broad overview, complemented by specific case studies and techniques that are used in environmental management from the local level to international environmental regimes.

Chapter 9: The Link between Ecological and Social Paradigms and the Sustainability of Environmental Management: A Case Study of Semi-arid Tanzania

Claire H. Quinn and David G. Ockwell

Subjects: business and management, management and sustainability, environment, environmental geography, environmental management, environmental politics and policy, environmental sociology, management natural resources, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy

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Claire H. Quinn and David G. Ockwell Introduction Over the last two decades, sustainable development has become widely accepted as the goal that environmental management should strive to achieve. The idea of sustainable development has evolved due to the inherent tensions between economic development and the desire to protect the environment. The most commonly used definition comes from the Brundtland Report, which defines sustainable development as: ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ (WCED, 1987, p. 43). The argument in favour of sustainable development has often been characterized as a response to the fact that economic development in a capitalist market economy leads to environmental degradation (Carter, 2001; Anand, 2003). This, however, fails to recognize that some approaches to protecting the environment can result in negative economic impacts where such protection prevents previous economic uses of natural resources – a particularly important issue for developing countries where the poorest people often depend most directly on natural resources for their livelihoods. In such situations, the challenge for environmental managers working to achieve sustainable development is how to protect and conserve natural resources at the same time as protecting the livelihoods of poor people. Furthermore, management approaches also need to enable poor people to develop opportunities to improve their economic situation and lift themselves out of poverty in the long term. Recognition of this link between sustainable environmental management and the eradication of poverty is central to the thinking behind...

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