First published in 1994, The Wealth of Communities presents the stories of ten communities from Philippines to Poland, from Los Angeles to Zimbabwe, where they are making intelligent and sustainable use of the world around them. It brings case studies of reviving depleted fisheries; finding novel ways of waste disposal; controlling industrial pollution; and replanting forests, to show how they are shaping their own destinies and meeting their own needs while at the same time protecting the environment in the face of hardship and opposition.
The Wealth of Communities is a book about hope and ingenuity, written in a vivid and memorable style to which the accompanying photographs lend immediacy and depth. In an age of climate crisis, these ten tales will pave the way for the success of future ventures, and they are a tonic for hard times
Charlie Pye-Smith & Grazia Borrini Feyerabend with Richard Sandbrook
Preface to the new edition of The Wealth of Communities Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales Acknowledgements 1. Calcutta: The Mudialy Fishermen's Cooperative Society 2. Nepal: Annapurna Conservation Area Project 3. Zimbabwe: CAMPFIRE 4. Uganda: Pallisa Community Development Trust 5. Mauritania: Second Livestock Project 6. Krakow: The Green Federation 7. Los Angeles: WATCHDOG 8. Costa Rica: San Miguel Association for Conservation and Development 9. Ecuador: Licto and Salinas Communities 10. The Philippines: The Hook and Line Fishers' Organization Conclusions Anything New? What Makes a Difference? What Next? Notes and References