Managing resources sustainably on the local level is essential for achieving the global goal of sustainable development. The importance of people's participation for sustainable development has recently become increasingly acknowledged yet there is little understanding of the multiple dimensions that such participation involves.
Grassroots Environmental Action questions the viability of traditional management systems. Case studies from Latin America, Asia and Africa focus on areas where local people are vigorous actors in the determination of their own future and that of their environment.
`The studies offer stimulating reading for researchers and development planners.' - Ileia Newsletter
`This is a stimulating book containing much information of great value.' - International Journal of Environmental Studies
` … The book is well organised and contains much interesting information through its well documented case studies and ample bibliographical accompaniment. It is an important collection not only for development specialists, but for anyone interested in the fate of environmental movements.' - Environmental Politics
Contributors: Michael Redclift, Wye College, University of London Charles Lane, International Institute for Environment and Development Ruth Ammerman Yabes, Arizona State University Antonio Carlos S. Diegues, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil Julio Moguel and Enrique Velazquez, Servicio de Apoyo Local, Mexico Jutta Blauert and Marta Guidi, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London John Kurien, Centre for Development Studies, India Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development Bandyopadhyay Michael Stahl, Regional Soil Conservation Unit, Kenya Philippe Egger and Jean Majeres, International Labour Office, Switzerland Charles A. Reilly, Inter-American Foundation, USA