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Sustainable Development: An Introductory Guide


Series: The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series

By: David Reid(Author)

262 pages, illustrations


Paperback | Dec 1995 | #35786 | ISBN: 1853832413
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Hardback | Jan 2017 | #241527 | ISBN-13: 9781138180826
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About this book

Hardback reprint of book first published in 1995.

'Sustainable development' is the catchphrase of the 1990s. Governments around the world, international institutions, local organizations and NGOs have committed themselves to its principles and have adopted policies to promote it. But 'sustainable development' is difficult to define – let alone implement – and its proponents and advocates may all interpret it in very different ways. This introductory guide provides a clear and accurate account of what sustainable development actually is. David Reid gives an overview of the history of the concept and how it has evolved in recent years, describes the obstacles to achieving sustainable development, and looks at recent progress towards implementing it – and at how much we have still to do.


Part I: The Global Crisis and Responses to it
- The Global Crisis
- Environmentalist Responses
- Developmental Responses

Part II: The Implications of Brundtland's Definition Examined
- Meeting the Needs of the Present
- The Sustainable Use of Global Resources
- Principles, Policies and Process

Part III: Assessing the Obstacles
- Obstacles to Sustainable Development
- Overcoming the Obstacles

Part IV: Developments since Brundtland
- The Rio Summit
- On or Down from the Summit?
- Sustainable Development in the mid-1990s


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David Reid is a researcher at the Centre for Human Ecology at the University of Edinburgh.

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