Extracivist Development Methods Being Questioned
"The 2009-2010 Report: State of the Environment in South America finds persistent deterioration of biodiversity and a lack of environmental protection measures in the region. The report finds the region must take urgent measures to develop alternatives to the current extractivist mode of development that generates high environmental impacts and social conflict. Faced with this challenge, the region's Ministers of Environment have presented a Regional Plan of Action 2010-2011, which prioritizes environmental issues."
"Extractivist" refers specifically to the extraction of high-demand resources as fast as possible in a forest region. However, the term carries a lot of weight across the globe in regions suffering from high rates of resource extraction.
All developing countries from Nigeria to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Brazil that suffer from high rates of exploitive resource extraction should take heed of this report.
Although indigenous populations directly affected by extractivist and extraction development measures have been fighting for environmental justice for a long time, convincing governments to take a longer term view in wealth accumulation is harder. The above mentioned (awaiting confirmation and link) is from the United Nations. If larger organizations like the UN can start putting pressure on governments we may see more progress in this area in the future.
Sources:FORO Nacional International, August 2010, pg. 6: