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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Asian Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Asian countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 20 programs (20 to 54 minutes). Click for more

India, the U.S. and the World Bank

India, the U.S. and the World Bank

"Highly Recommended! Tigers, like many wild creatures, are in trouble of extinction. Tiger population has dropped from around 100,000 at the turn of the 20th century to only a few thousand today; for example, India's latest tiger census indicates there only around 1,400 left in its country. Activist actors Harrison Ford, Bo Derek, and Robert Duvall can be seen on PSAs seeking to raise awareness of the problem, while, internationally, the World Bank recently presented its plan to engage governments and organizations, as well as scientists and conservationists, to help save tigers. Much was learned from projects such as the India Eco-development Project documented in this program. And with billions to be spent, the message is an important one: with so much at stake, we must get past rhetoric, address the problems, and continue taking positive steps." -National Media Review
With mounting public pressure to change the way international development is shaped by agencies like the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was created to fund projects "at the cutting edge of conservation." This classic documentary examines one such project, the India Eco-development Project, in southern India, which was designed "to conserve bio-diversity through eco-development and aimed at Improved Protected Area Management, Village Eco-development and Eco-development support"; it also travels to the U.S. where the GEF works from inside the World Bank. We learn the Bengal Tiger is heading for extinction and a project like this would certainly help their cause; however, we discover villagers claim the GEF project forced them off their land with inadequate compensation. Tempers flare as the World Bank is accused of "treating forests as their fiefdoms." With 2.5 billion dollars to spend, the World Bank's green aid unit looks promising on paper, but does it live up to its own rhetoric? The lessons learned from this project can help us address problems that will arise as organizations create future eco-projects. Produced by Conscious Cinema Productions. 04/10DE JSCA 35 min.
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