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Nature: poor people's wealth, the importance of natural resources in poverty eradication

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI)

This publication describes the direct link between environmental degradation and rural poverty. Drawing on examples from a number of countries (including Chile, Cameroon, Ghana, El Salvador, Paraguay, East Timor, and Colombia), it details the cycle of over-exploitation of the environment, loss of cultural, political and economic self-determination, inequity, hunger and poverty. On the positive side, the report highlights cases in which community-based natural resource management has enabled people to gain access to and control over these resources, thereby realising the possibility of povery reduction.

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