Volume No. 1 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 297-304 January-March 2007




M.J. Haron1* and K.A. Rashid2

1. Department of Applied Economics, Faculty of Arts and Environmental Studies,
Universiti Putra, Malaysia 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia).
2. Section of Environmental Sciences, Bose Institute, P-1/12, C.I.T. Scheme, VII-M, Calcutta 700054 (India)


Received on : November 4, 2006




Industrializations has led to the rapid development for mankind but simultaneously degraded the environment and generated biological imbalances. Rapid exploitation of natural resources have posed the greatest danger before the humanity ranging from local to regional and up to global level. The paper has made an attempt to see the interaction and interlinkages between economic development and environmental degradation and to see the changing concept of development and it’S interlinkages with social environmental problems. There are divergent perceptions among the developed and developing nations about the root cause of global environmental problems and the ways of solutions. It has been analysed that how the global policies are being seen as an impositions on developing countries aspirations. In this context national polices have also been analysed. The paper finds that to prevent more degradation of environment developmental aspirations of developing nations must have to be recognized and poverty must be uprooted as soon as possible. For that market based solutions to global and national economic problems, as has been prescribed by the developed nations, may not prove very helpful and the International institutions must abandon dogmatic approach towards the problems of the third world countries and help in removing poverty and achieving sustainable development.


Keywords : Humanity, Economic, Degradation, Environment, Global perceptions.