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Conflict and Sustainability in a Changing Environment

Through the Eyes of Communities

By Gwendolyn Smith and Elena P. Bastidas

Conflict and Sustainability in a Changing Environment

An ‘inside’ view of communities on their path towards sustainable development.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781783086078
January 2017 | 208 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6 | 29 figures, 4 tables
PRICE:  £70.00  /  $115.00  Buy from Amazon.co.uk  Buy from Amazon.com

About This Book

"“This accessible volume offers practical tools to help outsiders who work with indigenous communities to understand how these people’s history, values and aspirations for the future shape their view of climate change, and illustrates how conflict management approaches can engage indigenous and scientific knowledge to address climate change challenges.” —Marianne Schmink, Professor Emerita and Distinguished Teaching Scholar, University of Florida, USA"

"“It has been quite some time since I read a book that so easily integrated the art and science of development work into a new and coherent methodology and framework. Smith and Bastidas do what few have managed to do––that is, to jump the proverbial fence and examine the views and values of an indigenous group of people and make that the starting point of a persuasive, healthy and successful development project.” —Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, and Executive Director, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Salisbury University, USA"

Using a case study of the Trio indigenous peoples in Suriname, Conflict and Sustainability in a Changing Environment presents an inside view of a community facing climate change and on the path toward sustainable development. Smith and Bastidas take the reader beyond an examination of examples from the field of practice and into a thorough case study on climate change. With more than ten years of field experience, Smith and Bastidas present an in-depth, bottom-up analysis of sustainable development, including tools for practitioners, insight for academics and advice to policymakers.

Readership: • sustainable development practitioners, scholars, students, policymakers. • conflict practitioners, scholars, students, policymakers. • environmental/climate change practitioners, scholars, students, policymakers. • organizations interested in climate change compatible development. • private companies interested in carbon credit trading with communities. •individuals interested in a story about life of indigenous communities

Author Information

Gwendolyn Smith, executive director of the NGO Perspectives of Freedom Foundation, USA, is a scholar and practitioner in the nexus of conflict, environment and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Elena P. Bastidas, associate professor at the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, USA, is a development practitioner in conflict analysis and resolution in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: Local Communities and Sustainable Development; 2. Researching Views in Community Development; 3. New Framework for Researching Views in Community Development; 4. Social Polygraphy: An Approach to Obtaining Information through Mutual Learning; 5. Exploring the Underlying Values; 6. Making Sense of the World; 7. Sustainable Decisions; 8. Working with Community Views; References; Index.