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Himalayan perceptions : environmental change and the well-being of mountain peoples / Jack D. Ives
Bib ID 3293620
Format BookBook
Author
Ives, Jack D
 
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Description London ; New York : Routledge, 2004 
xix, 271p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0415317983
0415317983
Series

Routledge studies in physical geography and environment ; 6.

Summary

"In the 1970s and 1980s many institutions, agencies, and scholars believed that the Himalayan region was facing imminent environmental disaster. They argued that rapid growth in population had caused extensive deforestation, which in turn had led to massive landsliding, soil erosion and widespread flooding downstream in northeast India and Bangladesh. This series of assumptions was first challenged in the book The Himalayan Dilemma (1989: Ives and Messerli, Routledge). Nevertheless, the environmental crisis paradigm still exerts considerable support and continues to be promoted by the news media."

Full contents
  • 1. The myth of Himalayan environmental degradation
  • 2. The Himalayan region : an overview
  • 3. Status of forests in the Himalayan region
  • 4. Geomorphology of agricultural landscapes
  • 5. Flooding in Bangladesh : causes and perceptions of causes
  • 6. Mountain hazards
  • 7. Tourism and its impacts
  • 8. Conflict, tension, and the oppression of mountain peoples
  • 9. Prospects for future development : assets and obstacles
  • 10. What are the facts? : misleading perceptions, misconceptions, and distortions
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Human ecology -- Himalaya Mountains Region.  |  Indigenous peoples -- Ecology -- Himalaya Mountains Region.  |  Mountain people -- Himalaya Mountains Region -- Social conditions.  |  Deforestation -- Himalaya Mountains Region.  |  Culture and tourism -- Himalaya Mountains Region.  |  Environmental degradation -- Himalaya Mountains Region.  |  Environmental policy -- Himalaya Mountains Region.  |  Himalaya Mountains Region -- Social conditions.  |  Himalaya Mountains Region -- Environmental conditions.

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