Environmental Planning in the Caribbean

  • ID: 357455
  • September 2006
  • Region: America (exc North), Caribbean
  • 220 Pages
  • Ashgate Publishing
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Illustrated by case studies from both smaller nations, such as Carriacou, Barbados and St Lucia and larger countries, including Cuba, Mexico and Jamaica, this volume brings together leading writers concerned with environmental planning in the Caribbean to provide an interdisciplinary contemporary critical overview.

They argue that context is central to the practice of environmental planning in this region. Rather than focussing on a deterministic colonial geography and history, this volume proposes that, whilst a wide range of foreign planning influences can be felt in different contexts, environmental planning emerges in specific settings, through the fluid interaction between local and global relations of power. Thus a number of chapters explore the effects of external discourses upon the region, while others examine discourses on Western-style democracy and tourism. Other important themes covered include participatory planning, urban planning, physical development planning, pest management, sustainable development, water pollution, conservation and ecotourism.

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Janet Henshall Momsen

Physical development planning in the Anglophone Caribbean
The re-articulation of formal state power
Jonathan Pugh

'The Bad Old Days Look Better': enlightened colonial land
Management practices and land reform in the British Wndward Islands
Beth Mills

Challenges to promoting agro-biodiversity in the Caribbean small farming systems: a Jamaican case study
Elizabeth Thomas-Hope and Balfour Spence

Disaster creation in the Caribbean and planning, policy and participation reconsidered
Jonathan Skinner

Environmental planning and heritage tourism in Cuba during the Special Period: challenges and opportunities
Joseph L. Scarpaci

'Nuff Respec'? Widening and deepening participation in academic and policy research in Jamaica
David Dodman and Jane Dodman

Corporate environmental sustainability: Sandals Resorts International in Jamaica Paul Kingsbury

Conservation and recreation planning on the Caribbean coast: Cahuita, Costa Rica
Galen Martin

Nature, people and planning on the coast of Belize
Roger Few

Dis Da Fu We: conservation, development and empowerment in San Pedro Town, Belize
Brandon Kitagawa and Janet Momsen


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'Anyone interested in the planning process or in the Caribbean region will want to own this book. The authors explore the ways in which context, both local and global, has affected planning efforts from colonial times to the present. Planning remains central to the governing process; the various chapters examine how the now popular emphases on local sustainability and community goals sometimes lead to outcomes superior to the old colonialist top-down approach, sometimes not.' Professor Lydia M. Pulsipher, University of Tennessee, USA

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