Counting the Costs: Economic Growth and Environmental Change in Thailand

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Review

"This book is informative and engaging even when the issues have no apparent solution, and it is precisely because the chapters convey this complexity that the book deserves a broad readership" (Journal of Southeast Asian Studies).

About the Publication

Written by an international panel of specialists on Thailand who share a common concern for the environment, this volume examines the causes and consequences of environment change both in the countryside and the urban areas of the Kingdom. The papers, however, in no sense reflect a common view; the authors embrace contrasting environmental ideologies in discussing a wide range of concerns. These include the role of Buddhism and tourism in promoting sustainable development, environmental systems of thought and action, the practicalities of water pollution control in Bangkok and the Gulf of Thailand, and the changing bases of life and livelihood among the hill peoples of the North. The environment as an issue of concern is now important phase of assimilation, interpretation, prescription and action. The papers in this volume reflect this change.

Contents

Preliminary pages
I INTRODUCTION
1. Counting the Costs: Economic Growth and Environmental Change in Thailand
II LEARNING FROM TRADITION
2. The Role of Buddhism in Creating a More Sustainable Society in Thailand
3. Swidden Farming and Secondary Vegetation: Two Case Studies from Northern Thailand
III THE IMPACT OF DEVELOPMENT ON THE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS
4. Pioneer Agriculture, Green Revolution and Environmental Degradation in Thailand
5. The Economics of Land Degradation and Resource Conservation in Northern Thailand: Challenging the Assumptions
6. Development, the Environment and Social Differentiation in Northern Thailand
7. Environmental and Social Impact of Urbanization in Bangkok
IV MANAGING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
8. Non-regulated Tourism as a Form of Environmental Management in Northern Thailand: The Case of Pha Dua, Chiang Rai
9. Environmental Economics and Management: Water Pollution Control in Thailand
10. Oil and Gas Exploration in the Gulf of Thailand and the Importance of Environmental Protection
V CONTESTING THE ENVIRONMENT
11. No Rules of Engagement: Interest Groups, Centralization and the Creative Politics of "Environment" in Thailand
12. Thailand and the New Geopolitics of Southeast Asia: Resource and Environmental Issues
Index

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