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Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability 7/10: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability 7/10: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability


Volume 7 of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability examines sustainability in China, India, and East and Southeast Asia.

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China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability provides unprecedented analyses by regional experts and scholars elsewhere in the world on China, India, and their neighbors. Despite growing demands internally on their natural resources (China and India alone are home to more than one-third of the world’s population), the expanding global economic influence of this region makes these countries vital players in a sustainable future for all citizens of the Earth. Regional coverage includes topics such as business and commerce, environmental and corporate law, and lifestyles and values.

Below are links to the ten volumes of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability:

Vols. 1–10: The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Vol. 1: The Spirit of Sustainability

Vol. 2: The Business of Sustainability

Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability

Vol. 4: Natural Resources and Sustainability

Vol. 5: Ecosystem Management and Sustainability

Vol. 6: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability

Vol. 7: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability

Vol. 8: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability

Vol. 9: Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability

Vol. 10: The Future of Sustainability

Additional information

General Editor


Sam Geall, chinadialogue, Jingjing Liu, Columbia Law School, Sony Pellissery, CSSEIP, National Law School of India University,

Associate Editor

E. N. Anderson, University of California, Riverside, Joel R. Campbell, Troy University, Joanna I. Lewis, Georgetown University, Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal, Durham University, Mark Wilson, Northumbria University









Chinese Title

宝库山 可持续百科全书: 中国和印度: 评估可持续性发展 (第七卷)


  1. Choice

    In their introduction [to the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, vol. 7: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability] the editors acknowledge that encyclopedias give a picture of what is happening at a particular time. This approach may seem strange when examining areas like China and India, where change is constant. The editors note that an encyclopedia “forces us to slow down, to look in depth at what’s happening in many fields, in many countries” — in this case by examining multiple ecological systems, along with topics such as factories, cities, and villages. The introduction provides interesting facts about the regions covered and describes the context for sustainability in Asia. Categories include “Business and Economics”; “Environmental History”; “Human and Physical Geography”; “Industry and Manufacturing”; “Natural Resources”; “Politics, Law, and Government”; “Science, Technology, and Medicine”; and “Society and Social Welfare.” Articles summarize historic events and trends that affect the many cities and subregions in the countries studied. Entries discuss traditional knowledge, indigenous peoples, and cultural features, along with changes associated with rural and urban development. Individual articles are devoted to particular rivers, endangered species, ecotourism, and consumerism. Public health, traditional medicine, and water — use, rights, and security — are all addressed. Like other volumes in this set, volume 7 begins with a list of entries. A reader’s guide groups articles by category. These, and a good index, make the volume navigable. As with earlier volumes, alphabetically arranged articles provide cross-references to related topics, offer “further reading” suggestions, and are signed with author affiliations but no professional titles/credentials. Volume 8 and volume 9 are among the final volumes of this encyclopedia; they also examine how complex, multidisciplinary topics relate to assessing sustainability in specific regions of the world. Volume 10, subtitled The Future of Sustainability, completes the set, which is also available electronically. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.

  2. Reference & Research Book News: February 2013

    Suitable for early undergraduate or general readers, the publisher’s 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability has been carefully planned to bring together a great deal of information in a package structured for student research. The planners have taken the very broad concept of sustainability and looked for logical ways to divide and sub-divide relevant material for presentation in alphabetically arranged articles.

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