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Natural Resources Management

The 21st century has woken us up to the reality that our planet of infinite riches is in fact finite and vulnerable. Natural gas, water, minerals, forests, fish, the very air we breathe – all are subject to the vagaries of human desires and government policy.  We urgently need dialogue on every aspect of maximizing our limited resources, including how gender factors in, the role of corporations, and traditional vs. modern management systems.

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  • 17 May 2018
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Artisanal mines: potentially positive effects on local living standards

Perhaps as much as 4% of the world’s population depends directly on artisanal mines, which produce around 20% of the minerals we use. This column...

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  • 19 April 2018
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Refugees and environmental fragility: the Rohingya in Bangladesh

For Rohingya refugees living in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh, the only access to cooking fuel has been the national forest beside which they...

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  • 05 April 2018
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Integrating ecosystem services into land, water and urban management

How should local communities think about the role of ecosystem services in supporting human wellbeing, particularly in the face of climate change and...

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  • 19 February 2018
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Should China’s Belt and Road initiative cross the poles?

China’s Belt and Road initiative seeks to promote connectivity and cooperation between countries, regions and continents. This column outlines some...

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  • 13 February 2018
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Natural resources and economic growth: the research evidence

Can large reserves of oil, coal, diamonds, uranium or other natural resources be translated into national prosperity? This column provides an...

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  • 08 February 2018
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Tackling global water shortages: economics, politics and cultures

Effective water supply is likely to emerge as one of the most urgent environmental issues for the twenty-first century. This column outlines...

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