id21NRNews 39 – the latest id21 Natural Resources research highlights

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id21NRNews 39




Does aquaculture really benefit poor people in the Philippines?
Aquaculture is expanding steadily around the world. Despite some negative environmental impacts, many experts believe that aquaculture has the potential to resolve hunger and malnutrition in many countries. How much does aquaculture really benefit poor people?

The ‘resource curse’ questioned – does oil abundance really cause civil war?

The ‘resource curse’ theory argues that states with abundant natural resources see higher rates of conflict and poor economic growth, as people fight to benefit from the resources. This is considered to apply
especially to oil rich states; many experts believe that civil war is more likely in these countries. The relationship may not be so simple,

Feeding poor people while the climate changes

Climate change is likely to affect agricultural production all over the world. This will affect strategies for poverty reduction. Although the impacts of climate change cannot be predicted exactly, poverty reduction strategies must consider all possible future scenarios.

Joint Forest Management in India: failing the poorest people

In 1992, the state government of Andhra Pradesh in India introduced Participatory Forest Management – initially under the Joint Forestry Management scheme, then the Community Forest Management scheme. Their aim was to involve local people in the management of forest resources, but what impact has this had?


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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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