This book introduces the concept of community innovation and illustrates its role and impact in promoting sustainability. It includes nine case studies from the Asia-Pacific region where communities are adopting innovative methods to address complex and unpredictable environmental problems and promote sustainable development. This often requires new cultures, institutions and governance structures, as well as dramatic changes in people's perceptions, attitudes, roles and behaviours.
The authors examine environmental initiatives within the region, including natural resource management, eco-tourism, forest management, solid waste management, and water management. The book offers a rich balance of perspectives from experts in community development, urban planning and local environmental management, as well as community leaders, local government officials, journalists, non-governmental organization representatives and academics. It provides theoretical and practical insights for communities and those who provide support to communities at the local, regional and global levels of governance.
Jerry Velasquez is a Programme Specialist at the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. He was previously an Academic Programme Officer at United Nations University (UNU) and Coordinator of the UNU Global Environment Information Centre, Tokyo, Japan. Makiko Yashiro
is a Research Associate at UNU Global Environment Information Centre.
Susan Yoshimura is a Researcher in leadership and environmental governance, and a former campaigner at Greenpeace Japan. Izumi Ono is a Programme Associate at UNU Global Environment Information Centre.
Local to Global Connections: Community Involvement and Sustainability
Being Innovative, Against the Odds
Mainstreaming Innovative Approaches to Sustainable Urban Environmental
Management in Asia
Case Study Chapters:
Natural Resource Management
From Hunting to Sustainable Use: A Case Study on Pashtun Tribal Group's Innovations, Northern Bolochistan, Pakistan
Highland Encounters: Building New Partnerships for Conservation and Sustainable
Development in the Yangtze River Headwaters, the Heart of Tibetan Plateau
Sustainable Tourism Planning and Management in Klong Khwang, Thailand
Mangrove Conservation through Ecotourism Development by the Bobongko People in Togean Islands
Innovative Community-led Sustainable Forest Resource Conservation and Management in Baybay, Leyte, Philippines
Waste Management Activities in Nagoya: Local Government and Community
Partnerships", People, Partnership and Profits in Managing Solid Waste in Guimaras, Philippines
Integrated Catchment Management in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Basin, Australia
Making a Difference in Rajasthan, India
Nathaniel von Einsiedel
J Marc Foggin
Marlito Jose M. Bande
Andrew C. Francombe
Francis E. Gentoral
Evan Anthony Arias
Darryl Romesh D'Monte