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Formerly with the Organization of American States, the authors of this revised 5000-entry dictionary of terms, organizations, and acronyms bring years of experience in negotiating and administering international environmental agreements to the task of clarifying and standardizing the vocabulary of global environmental governance. (The first edition was published in 2004 under the title C.H.A.O.S.S.: An Essay and Glossary for Students and Practitioners of Global Environmental Governance.) While dictionaries of environmental terms abound, this volume adds the vocabulary of international law and diplomacy. Unlike U.S.-focused dictionaries of environmental law, this one takes as its primary audience policy makers who create and interpret instruments that govern global environmental issues. The introductory essay explains the need for common definitions: "What good is an instrument that contains all the right words if the parties that agreed to them understand them in mutually exclusive ways?" Additional material includes a list of definition sources, selected agreements, and principles and a separate list of acronyms and abbreviations. Bottom line Though well crafted and unique, this will appeal to a specialized audience. Recommended for large academic or specialized collections only.-Mary Rumsey, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Saunier (deceased; formerly, Organization of American States) and Meganck (UNESCO-IHE Inst. for Water Education, The Netherlands) provide a starting point for preliminary research and general understanding of Global Environmental Governance (GEG). In an excellent introductory essay, the authors present a general overview of activities related to international environmental governance and discuss the inception of this reference source. Part 2 presents about 2,500 definitions and about 3,000 acronyms related to GEG, from a wide range of official sources. The environmental field encompasses various scientific disciplines and political entities throughout the world. By clarifying GEG terminology and the concepts that underpin it, this source provides a first step for learning more about the fields, subfields, and scientific agencies involved in environmental governance throughout the world. The only drawback is the omission of Web references, many of which can be found using gateways such as USA.gov (CH, Oct'07, 45-0645) and the United Nations Web site . Both offer search engines that assist researchers in obtaining information on acronyms and full names of governmental and nongovernmental entities. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. E. C. Wild Providence College
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Richard E. Saunier was Senior Environmental Management Advisor in the Department of Regional Development and Environment of the Organization of American States (1975-1996). Richard A. Meganck is the Rector of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, the Netherlands and former Director of Sustainable Development and Environment at the Organization of American States.