Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Aldemaro Romero
  • Sarah E. West

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Past and Present Conservation Challenges

  3. National Policies, Local Communities, and Rural Development

  4. Getting the Prices Right: Mechanisms for Protecting Public Goods

    1. Sarah E. West, Ann Wolverton
      Pages 121-146
    2. Thomas V. Dietsch
      Pages 175-203
  5. Public Participation and Justice Systems

    1. Raul Pacheco-Vega
      Pages 231-249
  6. The Effects of Trade and Development Policies on the Environment

    1. Douglas Southgate, Boris Bravo-Ureta, Morris Whitaker
      Pages 253-265
    2. Sergio Díaz-Briquets, Jorge Pérez-López
      Pages 267-294
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 295-299

About this book


This book is a non-technical interdisciplinary collection of 12 essays, each of which uses natural or social science methods. The essays analyze a representative set of environmental issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. They consider problems at international, regional, national, and local levels and examine current and historical environmental policy. The essays are organized according to theme and approach into five parts:

-conservation challenges;

-national policies, local communities, and rural development;

-market mechanisms for protecting public goods;

-public participation and environmental justice;

-the effects of development policies on the environment.

Contributors are researchers from Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.


This book serves as a reader for undergraduates or master’s students in interdisciplinary courses, a rich source of case studies for courses within one discipline, and an example of cutting-edge analyses for the educated reader interested in environmental issues in general or specific to the region.


Caribbean Latin America Policy biodiversity development ecology environment environmental protection pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Aldemaro Romero
    • 1
  • Sarah E. West
    • 2
  1. 1.Arkansas State UniversityState UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Macalester CollegeSaint PaulUSA

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