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Environmental Design of Urban Buildings: An Integrated Approach

by Mat Santamouris

The importance of an integrated approach in urban design is becoming increasingly apparent. This book explains how to overcome related challenges in environmental design of urban buildings and offers guidance...


Environments for Health

by John MacDonald

'John Macdonald once again turns the traditional approach to health care on its head. Instead of merely diagnosing and managing disease, he urges health services � and indeed society � to foster health ......


Holding Their Ground: Secure Land Tenure for the Urban Poor in Developing Countries

by Alain Durand-Lasserve & Lauren Royston

Security of land tenure for the urban poor is now a major problem for developing cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This book presents and analyzes the main conclusions of a comparative research programme...


Indices and Indicators in Development: An Unhealthy Obsession with Numbers

by Stephen Morse

The use of numbers to condense complex systems into easily digested 'bites' of information is very much in fashion. At one level they are intended to enhance transparency, accountability and local democracy,...


International Investment for Sustainable Development: Balancing Rights and Rewards

by Lyuba Zarsky

International Investment for Sustainable Development critically examines the interface between sustainability, development, and the governance of international investment. It challenges the conventional view...


Knowing Poverty: Critical Reflections on Participatory Research and Policy

by Rosemary McGee

The use of participatory research techniques to provide policy-makers with information about poor people's perspectives on poverty became increasingly common in the 1990s. This book focuses on the use of participatory...


Local Forest Management: The Impacts of Devolution Policies

by David Stuart Stuart Edmunds & Eva Karoline Karoline Wollenberg

'A well written book, astutely organized.' Development and Change Local Forest Management is built around careful and illuminating case studies of the effects of devolution policies on the management of forests...


Managing Natural Resources for Sustainable Livelihoods: Uniting Science and Participation

by Cynthia McDougall & Barry Pound

Management of local resources has a greater chance of a sustainable outcome when there is partnership between local people and external agencies, and agendas relevant to their aspirations and circumstances....


Managing Water Resources: Methods and Tools for a Systems Approach

by Slobodan P. P. Simonovic

'This book bridges disciplines, previously confined to specialist journal publications, by providing a comprehensive overview of the systems analysis application to water resources. It is ideal for Masters-level...


Mapping Vulnerability: "Disasters, Development and People"

by Greg Bankoff & Georg Frerks

Raging floods, massive storms and cataclysmic earthquakes: every year up to 340 million people are affected by these and other disasters, which cause loss of life and damage to personal property, agriculture,...


The Challenge of Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2003

by United Nations Human Settlements Program

The Challenge of Slums presents the first global assessment of slums, emphasizing their problems and prospects. Using a newly formulated operational definition of slums, it presents estimates of the number of...


Measuring Sustainability: Learning from Doing

by Simon Bell & Stephen Morse

' Measuring the sustainability of development is crucial to achieving it, and is one of the most actively studied issues in the area. To date, most studies of measurements or indicators have been largely theoretical....


Participatory Workshops: A Sourcebook of 21 Sets of Ideas and Activities

by Robert Chambers

This sourcebook is for all who work with others on participatory learning and change. Written in a spirit of critical reflection and serious fun, it provides 21 sets of ideas and options for facilitators, trainers,...


Partnerships for Empowerment: Participatory Research for Community-Based Natural Resource Management

by Carl Wilmsen

Participatory research has emerged as an approach to producing knowledge that is sufficiently grounded in local needs and realities to support community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), and it is often...


Plant Identification: Creating User-Friendly Field Guides for Biodiversity Management

by William Hawthorne & Anna Lawrence

An important prerequisite for successful conservation is a good understanding of what we seek to conserve. Nowhere is this more the case than in the fight to protect plant biodiversity, which is threatened by...


Protecting the Ozone Layer: The United Nations History

by Stephen O O Andersen & K Madhava Madhava Sarma

In the 1970s the world became aware of a huge danger: the destruction of the stratospheric ozone layer by CFCs escaping into the atmosphere, and the damage this could do to human health and the food chain. So...


Rethinking Water Management: Innovative Approaches to Contemporary Issues

by Caroline Figueres, Johan Rockstrom & Cecilia Tortajada

If water resources are to be distributed efficiently, equitably and cost-effectively in this rapidly changing world, then it is clear that current water management practices are no longer feasible. Innovative...


End of the Drive: Stories

by Louis L'Amour

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A veteran trail driver, who has survived thundering stampedes and Comanche raids, discovers there’s nothing so dangerous as courting a beautiful woman. . . . A brutally beaten homesteader...


Reviving Democracy: Citizens at the Heart of Governance

by Barry Knight & Rajesh Tandon

The aim of this text is to analyze the conditions for a good society and, from extensive international research, to show how citizens can be put at the centre of the political process. This has enormous importance...


Science Agriculture and Research: A Compromised Participation

by Susannah Bolton, Eddie Arthur & William Buhler

Research is never free of pressures and constraints and to understand its results properly these have to be assessed and analyzed. In agriculture, research into biotechnology and GMOs, as well as pesticides...