ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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On Development and Ecology

Different facets of the environmental question in relation to the development process were deliberated upon at the first biennial conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics.

The setting up of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics in late 1998 highlights the serious thought and concern which scholars in different disciplines are giving to issues relating to environment and ecology in India today. The first biennial conference of this society was held at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore from December 20 to 22, 1999. More than 170 scholars congregated at the venue for discussions over two and a half days. Different aspects of the environmental question in relation to the development process were deliberated upon in the plenary and contributed sessions and in the course of the round table discussions.

The presidential address (by Kanchan Chopra, professor at Delhi’s Institute of Economic Growth) and the keynote address (by Charles Perrings, Professor, University of York, UK) set the tone for the deliberations on the first day. The first argued for more extensive study of the dynamics of natural systems and integration of knowledge of the dynamics into society decision-making, either through the use of market instruments or through the evolution of non-market institutions. Observing that setting institutions right was as important as setting prices right, Chopra noted that a fruitful direction for the evolution of environmental and ecological economics in the developing country perspective was towards the operationalisation of linkages between natural, economic and social forces and eco-systems.

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