Rio, Johannesburg and Beyond - India's Progress in Sustainable Development

Rio, Johannesburg and Beyond - India's Progress in Sustainable Development

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Author: Eminent Contributors
Compilor: Lead India
Publisher: Orient Longman
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 320
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125022937


Placed in the context of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, this volume analyses India's environmental problems, with suggestions for practical innovative solutions by a team of experts.

The decade following the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro in 1992 saw unprecedented economic growth that added US$10 trillion to the global economy. Yet, one person in six still lives on a dollar a day, carbon emissions have increased by 400 million tones and the extinction of large numbers of floral and faunal species remains a critical issue.

As a global society, we appear either overwhelmed by the enormities facing us or overly confident of a technological fix. The World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg represents a rare chance to make rational choices about the sustainability issues facing our planet.

This book provides concerned citizens and national leaders with a comprehensive analysis of India’s environmental problems, and with suggestions for practical, innovative solutions by a team of experts drawn from LEAD’S India network. The analysis is clear and uncompromising. Agrarian woman have become poorer in the ten years since Rio while environmental degradation has increased. Globalization has clearly benefited the middle classes, but what of its impact on the poor? Can science and technology help foster sustainability and meet the needs of the poorest? Are intellectual property rights able to protect the kind of traditional and indigenous knowledge that underpins India?

The challenge lies in how to mainstream the lessons from the country’s micro successes and macro failures. The writers argue that hope should not be lost and that the way forward is to build” a coalition for responsible frugality”.


LEAD is a network of professional , from 70 countries, who work in government, media, business, academia and non-governmental organization. They share knowledge, ideas and action that contribute to development that is socially equitable and environmentally sustainable.


List of appendixes, boxes, figures and tables

1 How Sustainable is our Development ?
A Santhosh Mathew

2 Journey to Jhannesburg
Maurice F Strong

3 Engendering policies for Sustainable Development
Aditi Kapoor

4 Affluence and Poverty
Abey george

5 Will the Poor Survive a Global world/
Ajit Kumar Jha

6 Combting Land Degradation and Droughts
A Ravindra Baba

7 Greening of Industries and communities
Shyam r Asolekar

8 Rethinking Demographics And Sustainability
Sunder Subramanian

9 Science and Technology for Sustainable Development
Veena Ravichandran

10 Marine Resources and Sustainable Development
Deepak A Apte

11. Knowledge Systems and Intellectual Property Rights
Sudha Nair.

12. Sustainable Development: Institutions and Practices
K V Devi Prasad


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