socio-economic and environmental problems focused on Indonesian cases ; proceedings of the International Seminar [on Sustainable Development: Socio-Economic and Environmental Problems] held on April 20th, 2002 in Göttingen, Germany/ organised by: Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia di Jerman. Ed.: Regina Birner
[the 14th International Conference on Sustainable Development: Towards Measuring the Performance of Integrated Socioeconomic and Environmental Systems, Theories and Cases was held in Madrd, España, (16 - 19 September, 1997)]
Discusses background to and prospects for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug.-Sept. 2002; 7 articles. Contents: We will have to do better, by Duncan Brack; Strange new alliances, by Fanny Calder; Poverty is all, by Alex Kirby; Tools for growth, by Bob Scholes; Thirsty world, by David Knighton; Double challenge, by John V. Mitchell; Gene wars go south, by Robert Falkner.
Sustainable development (SD) is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This definition is articulated in Our Common Future, a political manifesto published in 1987 by the United Nations' World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). SD promises to resolve in a positive-sum manner the most daunting economic, environmental, political, and social challenges the world is currently facing. However, it has also become a much contested concept, mainly due to the comprehensiveness, ambiguity, and optimism inherent in its underlying assumptions. Ongoing debates within the literature deal with how to define, operationalize, and measure SD; how economic development and environmental protection are conceptualized as mutually supportive; how "nature" is treated in the literature; equity and overconsumption challenges to SD; and the governance, social learning, and normative transformations required to achieve SD. Reaching some consensus on definitions and operationalization of the multiple aspects of SD will lead to standards by which to assess development and environmental policies. Among the most urgent issues that must be addressed in future research are the roles and influence of the relatively new participants in governance, such as intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations and corporations; the new modes of governance including public-private and private-private partnerships and network governance; and the impacts of implementing compatible and contradictory policies on the various levels and across policy areas.
This book takes a look at the concept sustainable development: what it means; how it is affected by production, consumption and globalization; how it can be measured, and what can be done to promote it. It argues that to be sustainable, development has to be based on progress in three areas at once: the economy, society and the environment.--Publisher's description