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Guyana: Fragile Frontier Paperback – 18 Jun 1997

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press,U.S. (18 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853459711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853459712
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,270,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guyana's environment is in danger of wholesale destruction. In the name of economic liberalization, this small, indebted country is promoting a dramatic escalation of logging, mining and other forms of extraction. In the 1990s, millions of hectares of rainforest have been leased to foreign companies for logging, while gold mining is going through a new and devastating boom. The Omai gold mine disaster of August 1995 was dramatic evidence of the potential for catastrophe. At the centre of Guyana's ecological crisis stands the country's indigenous population, historically marginalized and now threatened by the invasion of loggers, miners and ranchers. Their claims to land titles have long been ignored, and the present government strategy is worsening their chances of survival. This book describes the onslaught on the country's environment and the forces - economic and political - behind it. Looking at the role of the IMF, World Bank and foreign companies, Marcus Colchester shows how structural adjustment has paved the way for extraction-based development.

He demonstrates how internal politics and external economic interests have combined in forcing Guyana to cash in its resources for short-term gain. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Heartless and greed 20 Jun. 2014
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Very good I recommend it , just show what capitalism does to country.Guyanese wake up and stop looking for short term gains.
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