The Poor and the Environment: Whose Reality Counts?
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Sustainable rural livelihoods will be needed for many more people in the 21st century. Three widespread views tend to mislead and need to be qualified: that more people in rural areas is always and necessarily bad for the environment; that poor people inherently take the short-term view; and that their livelihoods and farming systems are, and are best kept, simple. In fact, it is the rich and powerful who do more environmental damage, take shorter-term views, and simplify. Blaming the victims can lend support to policies which do more harm than good. For the local, complex, diverse, dynamic and uncontrolled (LCDDU) reality o f the poor to count more, and to support sustainable rural livelihoods requires new policies, research and methods (a) to differentiate local conditions, histories and trajectories, (b) to enable local people to conduct more o f the analysis themselves, and (c) to achieve radical professional change. For it is when the reality o f poor local people comes first that a balanced search can lead to adequate, decent and sustainable livelihoods; and these promise to be win-win solutions for the poor, the environment, and future generations.
CitationChambers, R. (1994) The Poor and the Environment: Whose Reality Counts? IDS Working Paper 3. Brighton: IDS.
Is part of seriesIDS working papers;3
Library catalogue entryhttp://bldscat.ids.ac.uk/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=109672
Rights holderInstitute of Development Studies
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