Bookshelf Spotlight: Ecology and Environmental Resources of Southeast Asia

Featured Books

* Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods in Protected Areas: Case Studies from the Malay Archipelago
* Clean, Green and Blue: Singapore’s Journey Towards Environmental and Water Sustainability
* Environment and Bioresources of Vietnam: Present Situation and Solutions
* Managing Natural Wealth: Environment and Development in Malaysia
* Rice and Man: Agricultural Ecology in Southeast Asia

Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods in Protected Areas: Case Studies from the Malay Archipelago


by Navjot S. Sodhi, Greg Acciaioli, Maribeth Erb and Alan Khee-Jin Tan (Editors)
Cambridge University Press, 2007

Protected areas have emerged as major arenas of dispute concerning both indigenous and environmental protection. In the Malay Archipelago, which contains two of the twenty-five biodiversity hotspots identified globally, rampant commercial exploitation is jeopardizing species and rural livelihoods. While protected areas remain the only hope for the imperiled biota of the Malay Archipelago, this protection requires consideration of the sustenance needs and economic aspirations of the local people. Putting forward the views of all the stakeholders of protected areas – conservation practitioners and planners, local community members, NGO activists, government administrators, biologists, lawyers, policy and management analysts and anthropologists – this book fills a unique niche in the area of biodiversity, and is a highly valuable and original reference book for graduate students, scientists and managers, as well as government officials and transnational NGOs.

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Clean, Green and Blue: Singapore’s Journey Towards Environmental and Water Sustainability


by Tan Yong Soon, Lee Tung Jean and Karean Tan
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2008

When Singapore became a sovereign state in 1965, the fledgling nation faced very similar problems as most other developing countries: high unemployment, low standard of living, and poor environmental conditions. In a scant four decades, it has become the 6th wealthiest country in the world in terms of per capita GDP and has managed its environment so well that it is now considered to be one of the best in the world. In this remarkable book, Tan Yong Soon authoritatively and objectively analyses how the environmental conditions were radically transformed within this period, and the enabling conditions which made this extraordinary transformation possible. This book will unquestionably make all Singaporeans proud of their environmental achievements, and at the same time enable other countries, both developed and developing, to learn many lessons from a most remarkable success story. This book is a must read for any individual interested in environment-development issues. -Prof Asit K. Biswas, President, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.

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Environment and Bioresources of Vietnam: Present Situation and Solutions


by Cao Van Sung
The Gioi Publishers, 1998

Covers ecosystem, pollution and protection of the environment in Viet Nam.

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Managing Natural Wealth: Environment and Development in Malaysia>


by Jeffrey R. Professor Vincent and Rozali Professor Mohamed Ali
Resources for the Future, 2005

The remarkably rich natural environment of Malaysia attracts the interest of both industry and the environmental community. Managing Natural Wealth analyzes major natural resource and environmental policy issues in the country during the 1970s and 1980s-a period of profound socioeconomic change, rapid depletion of natural resources, and the emergence of serious problems with pollution. Managing Natural Wealth is an important up-date to Environment and Development in a Resource-Rich Economy: Malaysia under the New Economic Policy. First published in hardcover in 1997, this path-breaking book emphasized economics as a source for analyzing the issues involved in environmental and natural resource management in developing countries. The access that Jeffrey Vincent and Rozali Mohamed Ali and the contributing authors had to unpublished data and key decision-makers made their account an essential reference for policymakers and researchers in Malaysia and throughout the globe. Managing Natural Wealth includes a review of key developments since the 1990s by S. Robert Aiken and Colin H. Leigh, two geographers with a long-standing interest in environmental change in Malaysia and an understanding of the institutional context of its environmental policy that is unmatched in the scholarly community.

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Rice and Man: Agricultural Ecology in Southeast Asia


by L. M. Hanks
University of Hawaii Press, 1992

“A classic not only of anthropology and Southeast Asian studies, but of the human sciences.” –Michael Moerman, University of California, Los Angeles

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