220 pages, 6 x 9
4 b&w figures and tables
Release Date:13 Aug 1996

Managing Natural Resources in British Columbia

Markets, Regulations, and Sustainable Development

UBC Press

How must natural resource sectors change to achieve sustainable development in British Columbia? What reforms can be made to 'institutions' in order to assist these changes? What new policy instruments can be introduced? What institutions and instruments are no longer useful? These questions are the topic of hot debate in British Columbia and elsewhere. Managing Natural Resources in British Columbia grapples with these questions and suggests some preliminary answers.

Interdisciplinary in its approach, the book brings together leading scholars from the fields of law, economics, forestry, and agricultural economics. This book goes one step further than many earlier studies of sustainable development, which have compared, in principle, the merits of market-based versus regulation-based instruments, and examines these policy instruments, their institutional contexts, and the way in which they are implemented in the various resource sectors in British Columbia. Looking in turn at forestry, fisheries, air quality, and the regulation of energy, the authors consider what policy instruments are most appropriate for fostering sustainable development and which institutions will best implement these policies and sustain them in the years to come.

Managing Natural Resources in British Columbia offers an innovative and far-reaching contribution to the debate over sustainability at a time when many individuals are questioning the future of the environment in British Columbia.

Anthony Scott is professor emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of British Columbia. John Robinson is director of the Sustainable Development Research Institute and professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. David Cohen is Dean of Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.


1. Institutions, Policy Instruments, and Sustainable Development in British Columbia / John Robinson, David Cohen, and Anthony Scott

2. Institutions, Economic Incentives, and Sustainable Rural Land Use in British Columbia / Richard Barichello, R. Morey Porter and G. Cornelis van Kooten

3. Policy Instruments for Sustainable Development in the British Columbia Forestry Sector / David Haley and Martin Luckert

4. Institutional Change and the Management of British Columbia Fisheries / Gordon Munro and Philip Neher

5. Economic Instruments and Control of Secondary Air Pollutants in the Lower Fraser Valley / Ellen Baar

6. Fact-Finding Processes in the Regulation of Energy and the Environment: Electricity Exports, the Burrard Thermal Generating Station, and Air Quality in the Lower Fraser Basin / Paul Bradley and Chris Sanderson

7. Institutions for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources in British Columbia / David Cohen, Anthony Scott and John Robinson



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