Environmental Stress and Demographic Change in Nepal: Underlying Conditions Contributing to a Decade of Insurgency

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After a decade long civil war, Nepal experienced continuing violence and turmoil. The increasingly violent struggle has undermined development initiatives and caused tourism to drop 40 percent. This article outlines how environmental stress and population dynamics play a significant role in creating the underlying conditions for acute insecurity and instability which ultimately leads to a cycle of more environmental stress in the region. It is a difficult cycle to stop unless the underlying demographic and environmental conditions receive more attention than they have to date.

Year: 2005

Source: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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