n African Security Review - The Lie of the Land - Challenging received wisdom on the African environment, Melissa Leach & Robin Mearns (Eds.) : book review

Volume 11, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Popular views on environmental issues can be a strong force for good. The interest in the Rio Earth Summit and the Rio+10 Earth Summit, or World Summit on Sustainable Development, in Johannesburg is a good example of the resurgence of interest in responsible environmental practices. Unfortunately, many of the well intentioned popular views are misguided and often, wholly incorrect. This volume points out that many phenomena that appear to be 'self-evident' are in fact misleading. The perceived images of, for example, overgrazing and desertification, have often led to inappropriate solutions and plain bad policy. The trick is to examine the assumptions, which the editors of this volume do rather well.

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