1st Edition

Environmental Governance for Sustainable Development South Asian Perspectives

By Uma Nabhi Copyright 2023
    280 Pages
    by Routledge India

    280 Pages
    by Routledge India

    This book studies the role of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as an advocate for greater environmental responsibility and analyses the major achievements and outcomes of two landmark conferences – Stockholm (1972) and Rio (1992) – which set the agenda for the future role of the UNEP. It discusses the UNEP’s evolution, objectives and the problems of differing perspectives within, its ability to deal with environmental challenges, its skill in successfully carrying out the mandate and contributing to the pursuit of environmental security.

    The book also looks at five developing countries of South Asia, namely India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to study the role of the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), which plays an active role in the management of environmental issues and constitutes an important landmark in regional cooperation in South Asia. The author evaluates the contributions of National Conservation Strategies not only in creating environmental awareness but also in strengthening environmental governance architecture by integrating Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals into the development planning of these South Asian countries under study.

    Drawing on in-depth research and interviews, this book will be of interest to students, teachers, researchers, policymakers and strategic analysts working in the fields of environment studies, sustainable development, environmental science and policy, environmental law and governance, geography, politics and international affairs.


    List of Abbreviations

    1 Economic Development and Environment: An Overview

    2 Evolving Role of UNEP at 50

    3 India and UNEP

    4 Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development in South Asia: A Study of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

    5 UNEP: An Appraisal

    6 Conclusion




    Uma Nabhi, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi, India.

    ‘The book comprehensively examines the UN programmes and policies on environmental governance and how have they given impetus to the idea of sustainable development as well as economic well-being of the South Asian countries. It is a must-read book for those who are interested in working on environmental issues in South Asia in general and India in particular.’

    Sangit Kumar Ragi, Professor, University of Delhi, India

    ‘At a very critical temporal juncture when the vengeful demi gods of neoliberal capitalism are reaching the stage of self-actualization, regarding the apocalyptical consequences of the age of high mass consumption. This book engages in the task of epistemic emendation of the literature on the critique of neoliberal institutionalism and global cosmopolitanism.’

    Sanjeev Kumar H.M., Professor, University of Delhi, India