Among the most costly and complicated chapters in the former Eastern bloc countries' transitions to democracy is the clean up and restoration of the environment. Even as Communist-era environmental problems fade in significance-such as pollution from heavy industry-new threats have emerged. Restoring Cursed Earth considers how rule making, sanctions, incentives, and programs shape environmental protection efforts, and whether and to what extent these emerging policy structures are promoting environmental well-being for citizens in Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Estonia.
Matthew R. Auer is associate professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Chapter 1 Lessons from Leaders and Laggards: Appraising Environmental Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia Chapter 2 Environmental Reforms in the Czech Republic: Uneven Progress after 1989 Chapter 3 Hungary: Developing Institutions to Support Environmental Protection Chapter 4 Forestry Resources in Transition: The Romanian Experience Chapter 5 Estonian Environmental Reforms: A Small Nation's Outsized Accomplishments Chapter 6 The Disappearance of Popular Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia Chapter 7 Conclusion: Lessons Learned for the Road Forward