1. Introduction 2. Creating space for civil society in an impoverished environment in Pakistan 3. The bioplan : decreasing poverty in Manizales, Colombia, through shared environmental management 4. Environment-poverty linkages : managing natural resources in China 5. The evolving roles of environmental management institutions in East Africa : from conservation to poverty reduction 6. Stories on the environment and conflict from northern Nigeria 7. The sea is our garden : coastal resource management and local governance in the Caribbean 8. 'Working for water' in a democratic South Africa 9. People, perspectives and reality : Usangu myths and other stories, Tanzania 10. Community-designed, built and managed toilet blocks in Indian cities 11. Concertacion (reaching agreement) and planning for sustainable development in Ilo, Peru 12. Conclusions.