Environmental Vulnerability

20 Jan 2009

An innovative South African nature conservation project that combines protecting biodiversity and poverty alleviation faces resistance from residents of adjacent properties who are worried about rate increases and land development rights.

The 'Working 4 Ecosystems' project, which was launched by the eThekwini Municipality 18 months ago, trained residents from surrounding townships to restore green spaces in and around Giba Gorge, just 25 kilometres north of Durban, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province.

20 Jan 2009

This volume presents a comprehensive state-of-the-art on economic instruments for environmental management and sustainable development and reviews the experience of developed countries and its relevance to developing countries. It documents the experience of developing countries in the use of economic instruments in environmental management. It attempts to delineate the modalities for introducing economic instruments in developing countries and countries in transition and human resource requirements and financial implications.

20 Jan 2009

A review of the economics of climate change in the Caribbean will be the subject of a study to be undertaken by ECLAC Sub-regional Headquarters for the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago (ECLAC-POS) and funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

20 Jan 2009

The remote island countries of Kiribati and Tonga in the Pacific rely mainly on fragile groundwater aquifers for fresh water. But groundwater sources just below the surface are highly vulnerable to pollution and salt water intrusion, as populations grow and concentrate in urban areas. Community organizers are working to change peoples' behavior to safeguard water supplies and the environment.

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20 Jan 2009

Developing Asia as a whole has taken remarkable strides since the food crises of the 1960s. Improvements in food security, poverty reduction, and per capita income initiated by the Green Revolution have been substantial and lasting. Per capita gross domestic product increased by 190 percent between 1970 and 1995, and calories per person per day by more than 20 percent.