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close this bookThe Himalayan Dilemma: Reconciling Development and Conservation (UNU, 1989, 295 pages)
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Open this folder and view contents1. The theory of Himalayan environmental degradation: what is the nature of the perceived crisis?
Open this folder and view contents2. The Himalayan region: a geographical overview
Open this folder and view contents3. When did deforestation occur? A historical perspective on Himalayan forest-cover changes
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Open this folder and view contents6. The Himalayan-lowland interactive system: do land-use changes in the mountains affect the plains?
Open this folder and view contents7. The human dimension: what are the facts?
Open this folder and view contents8. Two approaches to the population pressure/land productivity decline problem in the Himalaya
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The devastating Bangladesh floods of August-September, 1988 have been widely reported in the western news media as the result of deforestation in the Himalaya. This reporting has included further indications that extensive barrages and high dams are the likely future technological 'fix'. This once again underscores one of the central themes of this book-the dangers of expending vast sums of money on solving perceived problems based upon unproven assumptions.