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The World Bank And The Environmental Challenge
The World Bank And The Environmental Challenge
By Philippe Le Prestre
Susquehanna University Press, 1989, 263 pp.

Since 1970 the World Bank has used ecological criteria in considering loans but, at least until recently, this has not helped very much to improve the environment in developing countries. Why this is so, and how the World Bank has tried to cope with negative pressures, are systematically examined in this valuable study by Professor Le Prestre of the University of Quebec. The book will be essential groundwork for the new writing that an uncertain future will bring to this field.