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Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Spring 2009


The nexus between poverty and environmental degradation—or framed more positively, between poverty alleviation and environmental protection—is too often ignored. For some, the two are seen as mutually exclusive and contradictory goals. For others, they are so closely tied as to be taken for granted. The Role of the Environment in Poverty Alleviation speaks to both audiences through illustrations of the myriad ways in which environment and development are linked. Tackling such a broad area, the book’s editor Paolo Galizzi does an admirable job of organizing the collection of essays thematically and alternating among a variety of viewpoints, from theoretical debates to case studies of natural disasters and cutting edge projects in social entrepreneurship.