- The Ecologist June 1980: Tidal barrages: boon or blight?
- The Ecologist April 1980: Nuclear power – the grand illusion
- The Ecologist March 1980: The enviromental cost of pesticides
- The Ecologist December 1979: Can we control pollution?
- The Ecologist November 1979: Nuclear power is still dependent on cheap fossil fuels
The Ecologist January 1980: A proposal to save the world’s tropical rain forests
Thirty years ago this month, Edward Goldsmith published a revised version of WEAP, the World Ecological Areas Programme in the Ecologist
Tackling deforestation and the degradation of rainforests was a key discussion point in the recent Copenhagen negotiations, but it’s certainly not a new topic. WEAP laid out a similar framework for dealing with the problem more than thirty years ago…
“Such incentives, it is suggested, could be available if the preservation of tropical forests were seen as part of a wider development project. Within the framework of such a project, the forests could provide collateral for loans to be advanced by international agencies involved in development, for activities that are desirable directly for the economic and other benefits that they might confer to the inhabitants of the areas in which they are set up, and indirectly in that they are precisely those that could best reduce the present pressures on tropical rain forests.
“Alternatively the natural forests would be rented outright by local bodies set up and financed by international agencies…”
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