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River Publishers Series in Chemical and Environmental Engineering 

Green Web-II: Standards and Perspectives from the IUCN

Program and Policy Development in Environment Conservation Domain: A Comparative Study of India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh

Author: Medani P. Bhandari, Akamai University, Hawaii, USA and Sumy State University, Ukraine

ISBN: 9788770220125
e-ISBN: 9788770220118

Price: € 90.00

Available: August 2018
Book Review



In dealing with the IUCN, one must bear in mind that there never has been, and undoubtedly never will be, any other organization even remotely resembling it. Its peculiarities, subtleties and complexities are sometimes mind-boggling (Nicholson 1990 in Holdgate 1999: ix).

Green Web-II investigates IUCN's role in global biodiversity conservation policy as well as in national program development in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. It explores how nature protection priorities and approaches are promoted or addressed by IUCN, an international organization, and how environment conservation policies are created and maintained in states with different capacities of South Asia. It also evaluates IUCN's competency in bio-diversity, climate change, nature conservation and environmental policy formulation at global, regional and country level. This study is the first detailed scholarly study on the IUCN as an organization as well as on its efforts in biodiversity conservation.

This book adds to our knowledge, firstly by contributing to a small but growing body of work on the sociology of international organizations. IOs, especially International Governmental Organizations (IGOs), have long been the subject of mostly political science. Secondly, it applies a fuller sociological imagination to the study of IOs by critically exploring one of the largest and most active nature conservation organizations in the world. Thirdly, it also explores how the IUCN actually goes about building protectoral programs with individual member nations.

Additionally, the book explores the recent development of the green economy (GE) concepts into IUCN's program planning today. The green economy initiative applies a people-first approach. Although the concept is relatively new, this research explores the theoretical development of a green economy and illustrates how this theory is applied in IUCN's program planning to program implementation.

Technical topics discussed in the book include:

  • Motivation of Environment Conservation - How personal efforts make difference
  • Role of International Environment Conservation Organizations
  • Political Economy of Organizations, Network theory, Institutional theory, Stakeholder theory, Governance theory
  • Governance performances and Competitiveness
  • Popularity indices
  • Knowledge creation and diffusion
  • Conservation commons

Book Review

Endorsements and Reviews:

The book by Professor Medani P. Bhandari shows how IUCN represents a unifying power for the environmental discourse. It transcended care for Nature to include environmental justice, sustainable development, and equity. Book also explains IUCN's new paradigm for global leadership and sound governance for both people and nature. Book shows how action and policy converge to tell a compelling story on human responsibility and stewardship. Book gives a new insight in the environment conservation field, tries to convince readers to be a facilitator, convener and a bridge for knowledge and for a transition to a sustainable future that celebrates diversity. Book provides the historical and contemporary state of global environment conservation and how international organization can play positive roles by impowering concerned stakeholders through policy and action projects.

Prof. Odeh Al-Jayyousi, former regional director of IUCN. West Asia (2004-2011). Currently, Head of Innovation and Technology Management, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain.


IUCN, environment conservation, conservation strategy, resolution formation and implementation, sustainable development, biodiversity - forest conservation, park management, environmental governance, conservation commissions, climate change - problems and consequences