1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Policy

By Mahua Basu Copyright 2024
    872 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    872 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This handbook is a one-stop, comprehensive guide to global initiatives for climate action. It examines policies to tackle climate change and the critical role various organizations play.

    The volume:

    • Includes in-depth discussion of individual issues related to the environment
    • Highlights global initiatives, negotiations, and international organizations responsible for climate action, protecting marine and freshwater environment, protecting atmosphere and climate, conserving biological diversity, chemicals and wastes management, environmental governance, safeguarding against warfare and disasters
    • Debates on-ground implications of the international policies for the Global South
    • Brings together case studies from across the world
    • Presents a toolkit for environment practitioners to seek sustainable and practicable solutions to problems
    • Includes suggested readings for researchers
    • Brings together primary documents, supportive illustrations, graphs, and maps

    The handbook will be an essential reference for scholars and researchers of environmental studies, environmental policy and governance, sustainability and resilience. It will also be indispensable for policy makers, think tanks and NGOs.

    1. The genesis of environmental muddle 2. The aegis of the United Nations and its need SECTION A: Global Initiatives towards Environmental Protection 3. The beginning: from environmental ignorance to environmental consciousness (Pre-Stockholm Era), 1972 4. The backdrop of the Stockholm Conference, UNCHE, 1972 5. The journey towards sustainable development 6. The evolution of disaster management 7.  Addressing population growth and other social issues 8. Providing food and water for all SECTION B: International and Regional Treaties, Conventions, Protocols, and Agreements 9. Negotiations for protection of marine and freshwater environment 10. Negotiations for protection of atmosphere and climate 11. Negotiations for protection of biological diversity 12. Negotiations for protection against chemicals and wastes 13. Negotiations for environmental governance and practices 14. Negotiations for protection against warfare and disasters SECTION C: Important International Organizations and environmental activities 15. United Nations based organizations and programs 16. Non- United Nations based organizations and programs


    Mahua Basu has been in the teaching profession for over 20 and is at present engaged as a member of the faculty in the Environment Science department of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, India, where she has been successfully environmentally empowering her students. She has also worked in various capacities as faculty at Viswa Bharati University, Shri Shikshyatan College, and Bethune College in Kolkata, India.