New book from CPEers

CPE advisory board member Jim Boyce and staff economist Liz Stanton have co-edited (along with Sunita Narain) Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration, newly out from Anthem Press. Here’s the description from the back of the book:

“˜A refreshing liberation from the alluring half-truths of conventional economics and public policy.’
David Bollier, Editor, and author of “˜Silent Theft: The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth’

In Reclaiming Nature, leading environmental thinkers from across the globe explore the relationship between the natural world and human activities. The authors draw inspiration and lessons from diverse experiences, from community-based fishery and forestry management to innovative strategies for combating global warming. They advance a compelling new vision of environmentalism, founded on the link between the struggle to reclaim nature and the struggle for social justice. This book advances three core propositions: First, humans can and do have positive as well as negative effects on the natural environment. By restoring degraded ecosystems and engaging in co-evolutionary processes, people can add value to nature’s wealth. Second, every person has an inalienable right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. These are not privileges to be awarded on the basis of political power, nor commodities to be allocated on the basis of purchasing power ““ they are fundamental human rights. Third, low-income communities are not the root of the problem. Rather they are the heart of the solution. In cities and the countryside across the world, ordinary people are forging a vibrant new environmentalism that is founded on defense of their lives and livelihoods.

About Authors, Editors, and Contributors
James K Boyce teaches in the fields of development economics and environmental economics and directs the Political Economy Research Institute’s Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the co-editor of Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership (Island Press, 2003), and editor of Economic Policy for Building Peace: Lessons of El Salvador (Lynne Rienner, 1996), an outcome of the Adjustment Toward Peace project which he coordinated on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme.

Sunita Narain is director of the Centre for Science and the Environment in New Delhi.

Elizabeth A. Stanton is a researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

And if that isn’t temptation enough, here’s the Table of Contents:

List of Figures and Tables


1. The Blessing of the Commons: Small-Scale Fisheries, Community Property Rights, and Coastal Natural Assets – John Kurien

2. Natural Resource Management and Poverty Alleviation in Mountain Areas – Narpat SJodha

3. Harvesting the Rain: Fighting Ecological Poverty through Participatory Democracy – Sunita Narain and Anil Agarwal

4. Net Benefits: The Ecological Restoration of Inland Fisheries in Bangladesh – M. Mokhlesur Rahman and Stephen F. Minkin


5. Land Reform and Sustainable Development – James K. Boyce, Peter Rosset and Elizabeth A. Stanton

6. Extractive Reserves: Building Natural Assets in the Brazilian Amazon – Anthony Hall

7. Mining Rights and Community Rights: Poverty amidst Wealth РKaryn Keenan, Jos̩ De Echave and Ken Traynor

8. Natural Assets and Participatory Forest Management in West Africa – Kojo Sebastian Amanor


9. Payments for Environmental Services and Rural Communities: Lessons from the Americas – Herman Rosa, Susan Kandel, Leopoldo Dimas and Deborah Barry

10. Certification Systems as Tools for Natural Asset Building – Michael E. Conroy

11. Wastes as Assets: Limits and Potentials – Eugene Gonzales

12. Community Rights and Wildlife Stewardship: Zimbabwe’s CAMPFIRE Programme – James C. Murombedzi


13. International Environmental Justice: Building the Natural Assets of the World’s Poor – Krista Harper and S. Ravi Rajan

14. Environmental Justice: Reflections from the United States – Manuel Pastor

15. Equitable Carbon Revenue Distribution under an International Emissions Trading Regime – Nathan E. Hultman and Daniel M. Kammen

16. Greenhouse Justice: An Entitlement Framework for Managing the Global Atmospheric Commons – Sunita Narain and Matthew Riddle

About the Contributors