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The Cardamon Conundrum: Reconciling Development and Conservation in the Kingdom of Cambodia

Timothy J. Killen

Verlag: NUS Press, 2012
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Titel: The Cardamon Conundrum: Reconciling ...

Verlag: NUS Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

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Inhaltsangabe: A conundrum is a puzzle whose solution involves resolving a paradox. In this instance, the paradox arises from two widely held and conflicting assumptions: that the pathway to a modern economy requires exploiting and monetizing a country s natural resources, and that the long-term prosperity of a nation depends on the conservation of those same resources. This book consciously seeks to avoid the mentality of trade-offs, where pro-development advocates view conservation efforts as impediments and conservationists are convinced that development inevitably leads to a loss for nature. Instead, through an evaluation of opportunities in the still pristine forests of the Cardamom Mountains and surrounding landscapes, the author seeks to demonstrate that wise management of a nation s renewable natural resources can facilitate economic growth. Resolving the Cardamom Conundrum requires an economic model that provides robust growth, and that alleviates poverty over the short term and eradicates it over the medium term. Any other solution is impractical and morally unacceptable. The author points the way by indentifying innovative options linked to climate finance and low carbon development strategies that span the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Über den Autor: Timothy J. KILLEEN is Senior Research Scientist with Conservation International (CI). He is the senior technical advisor for global change and ecosystem services in CI s Science and Knowledge division. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

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