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Group Inequality and Environmental Sustainability: Insights from Bangladesh and Kenyan Forest Commons

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dc.contributor.author Matin, Nilufar
dc.contributor.author Islam, Mohammad Shahidul
dc.contributor.author Mbuvi, Musingo T. E.
dc.contributor.author Odit, Bernard Owuor
dc.contributor.author Ongugo, Paul Othim
dc.contributor.author Syed, Mohammad Abu
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-23T14:20:22Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-23T14:20:22Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9358
dc.description.abstract "The paper contributes to understanding the interactions of environmental and social dimensions of sustainability in situations of acute group inequalities. Using case studies of Mount Elgon in Kenya and Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh it shows the importance of ethnicity based inequalities in defining sustainability outcomes. The paper explores, first, the mechanisms through which dominant ethnic groups are able to exert influence on resource management at the expense of less powerful groups; and second, the consequences of ethnic inequalities for resource uses within ostensibly democratic systems. It combines information from social and political history with remote sensing data to explore causes, processes and patterns behind spatial trends in the study of forests. The paper concludes that efficacy of national democracy and its institutions in achieving positive environmental outcomes depends on the power relations among social groups, particularly in historically contested contexts. Further, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability cannot be treated separately and the issue of equity among groups, ethnic or otherwise, needs to be recognised in policies for sustainable development. The study points out the need for further research into integrating socio-political history with spatial data to better understand social and spatial distribution of policy impacts." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject equity en_US
dc.subject ethnicity en_US
dc.subject forests en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.title Group Inequality and Environmental Sustainability: Insights from Bangladesh and Kenyan Forest Commons en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Bangladesh, Kenya en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Sustainability en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 6 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 1462-1488 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 3 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth March en_US

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