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Environmental risk assessment issues in the third world

Authors
Journal
Technological Forecasting and Social Change
0040-1625
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0040-1625(81)90051-2
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Geography

Abstract

Abstract This article analyzes environmental risk assessment issues in the third world and provides some examples of major environmental risks. The prevalent low literacy level, the absence of mass media oriented towards environmental issues, poor public awareness, the weak environmental movement, and the lack of institutionalization of environmental concerns are the major constraints working against a proper environmental risk assessment system. Developing a strong educational base, motivating administrators, instituting a strong early warning system, stimulating private property options, and establishing proper links with policy making are the major imperatives if the third world countries are to strengthen and maintain a rational risk assessment system.

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