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Regional Opportunities for Sustainable Development : Theory, Methods, and Applications - H. J. de Graaf

Regional Opportunities for Sustainable Development

Theory, Methods, and Applications

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1999
ISBN: 9780792356936
Number Of Pages: 348

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By their adoption of Agenda 21, most of the world's governments have acknowledged the need for sustainable development. This implies that new policies are needed, focusing on economic, social, cultural and ecological goals. At the same time, we also need to solve existing environmental and social problems, and prevent the occurrence of new ones. This volume presents, tests and illustrates a theoretically well-founded procedure for discovering regional opportunities for sustainable development, based on a systems approach to decision making. The procedure takes as its starting point the needs of the people involved, relating these to the measurement of available resources in order to find opportunities for multiple resource use and sustainable development. The needs of future generations and broader communities are taken into account throughout.
The book studies regional planning and the implementation of plans, offering guidance and support to parties involved in debates on sustainable development, and improving the quality of their decision making.

Introduction and Surveyp. 1
Sustainable Development: Looking for New Strategiesp. 13
Defining Socio-Environmental Systems for Sustainable Developmentp. 31
A Framework for Identifying the Valuable Characteristics of a Socio-Environmental Systemp. 53
Measuring the Resource State of a Socio-Environmental Systemp. 83
Procedure for Sustainable Development: Decision Making Phases and Information Requirementsp. 107
In search of Improvements to the Proposed Methods and Procedures
The Analysis of the Research Project 'Integrated Agriculture in the Netherlands'p. 129
The Analysis of the Research Project 'Reduction in Production in the Dutch Dairy Sector'p. 161
A Simulation of The Selection of Valuable Characteristics of the Rijnmond Region of the Netherlandsp. 181
A Simulation of the Measurement of the Resource State of a Dune and Bulb-growing Region in the Netherlandsp. 199
The Application of the Proposed Procedure within a Decision Making Process
Introduction: Opportunities for Multiple Land-Use in Rural Areasp. 237
The Exploration of the Potential to Combine Land-use Processesp. 251
Exploration of the Potential Regional Benefits of Multiple Land-usep. 279
Summary and Perspectivesp. 305
Referencesp. 329
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ISBN: 9780792356936
ISBN-10: 0792356934
Series: Ecological Economics, 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 30th June 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68