- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub (November 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781953961
- ISBN-13: 978-1781953969
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,567,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Environmental Entrepreneurship: Markets Meet the Environment in Unexpected Places
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`Presenting five case studies in developing countries and in the US, [the book] reveals how entrepreneurs are finding innovative solutions in order to improve local economies and environmental quality. Laura Huggins' book is well written and well researched, drawing on a significant variety of sources. This book will be valuable to scholars, students, policymakers, activists and citizens in general, and provides excellent insights for those involved in public policy, community development and economic development in the context of sustainability.' -- Mariza Almeida, Science & Public Policy `An impressive work of original scholarship (Laura E. Huggins is a Research Fellow at PERC and the Hoover Institutions at Stanford University), Environmental Entrepreneurship: Markets Meet the Environment in Unexpected Places is deftly written and will prove of immense interest to both entrepreneurs and corporate executives, as well as environmentalists and conservationists. . . It is important and very strongly recommended for academic library reference collections.' -- Midwest Book Review
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Laura E. Huggins, Research Fellow, PERC and Hoover Institution, Stanford University, US
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Zimbabwe, for example, allows local communities and land owners to take responsibility for wildlife, including safari hunting, culling herds, and other activities. As a result, elephant herds have grown from about 37,000 to 84,000 between 1989 and 2006. On the other hand, when Kenya banned hunting, the country’s elephant population plunged 90% in the following 16 years. When farmers can’t profit from the elephants, they see no reason to endure the destruction of their crops and the risk of being injured or killed by these animals. Elephants and their habitat are not protected and may even be deliberately destroyed.
When Nambia gained its independence, their waters had been overfished almost to the point of total collapse. The Nambians instituted a system of property rights that replenished both the fisheries and their faltering economy.
South America, China, and American Indian reservations are applying market mechanisms to simultaneously save their wildlife, fisheries, forests, and water while growing their economy. Laura Huggins’ collection of stories from around the developing world show that there need be no conflict between economic development and environmental stewardship.
Too often, international NGO representatives descend on locales and focus on top-down "solutions" that are based on particular Western experiences. Huggins explains how ordinary people have solved problems to reduce over-fishing and other abuses of valued resources by devising property rights regimes that work to improve standards of living and the environment.
She explains how water rights, experimented with a bit in China, give much more hope for dealing with water scarcity in that country than is likely to occur if dictated by bureaucrats in Beijing. In the U.S. many Native Americans live in squalor on reservations under the thumb of the BIA. Indians are poor because they often lack the ability to exploit resources that should be under their control. When they benefit from ownership of assets, they protect them and use them to improve their standard of living.
People around the world want better lives and a better environment. That is most likely to happen when ordinary people are given the right to own, trade, and protect assets.