25. Governance and Conservation in the Tropical Developing World

  1. Peter H. Raven2,
  2. Navjot S. Sodhi3 and
  3. Luke Gibson3
  1. Kelvin S.-H. Peh

Published Online: 12 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118679838.ch25

Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics

Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics

How to Cite

Peh, K. S.-H. (2013) Governance and Conservation in the Tropical Developing World, in Conservation Biology : Voices from the Tropics (eds P. H. Raven, N. S. Sodhi and L. Gibson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118679838.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Missouri Botanical Garden

  2. 3

    National University of Singapore

Author Information

  1. Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470658635

Online ISBN: 9781118679838

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Keywords:

  • conservation;
  • environment;
  • governance;
  • tropical developing world

Summary

Poor governance is a persistent issue in the tropical developing world and policy makers should admit that a great deal can be done to stop undermining environmental equity. The much‐needed improvement requires stronger regulation as well as constant scrutiny from a citizenry that takes more ownership of its environment. The latter process may take a generation to come about. Nevertheless, as both large, well‐organized rackets that involve the highest echelons of governments combine with small‐scale corruption of local bureaucrats to destroy the respect and trust that characterizes good governance, the need for developing countries to shift course has never been greater. Analysts often assumed that the population in developing countries is apathetic and cowed into submission. But, as recent events in North Africa and the Middle East indicate, this is not the case. The people are no longer apathetic, and they do organize themselves, even outside traditional politics.