Sustainable Development

Author: Jurgen Schmandt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521653053
Format: PDF
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In this book, prominent authors discuss what changes must occur to ensure a successful transition to sustainability.

Monitoring for a Sustainable Tourism Transition

Author: Graham Miller
Publisher: CABI
ISBN: 9781845930899
Format: PDF, Docs
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Annotation. Sustainable tourism is not a static target, but a dynamic process of change, a transition. This book considers how monitoring using indicators can assist tourism to make such a sustainability transition. It encourages the reader to view tourism from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective and draws on material from a wide range of sources including ecology, global chance and the new and emerging field of sustainability science. The book explains why monitoring is important for different groups of stakeholders; public and private sector, NGOs and communities. It also examines important monitoring considerations such as what and where to measure, how much will monitoring cost and how the data can be presented. The book puts particular emphasis on indicator use and implementation. It highlights the process and techniques to develop and use indicators and then provides clear and detailed examples of monitoring in practice around the globe at different geographic scales.

Accelerating Sustainable Energy Transition s in Developing Countries

Author: Laurence L Delina
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351726846
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Accelerating sustainable energy transitions away from carbon-based fuel sources needs to be high on the agendas of developing countries. It is key in achieving their climate mitigation promises and sustainable energy development objectives. To bring about rapid transitions, simultaneous turns are imperative in hardware deployment, policy improvements, financing innovation, and institutional strengthening. These systematic turns, however, incur tensions when considering the multiple options available and the disruptions of entrenched power across pockets of transition innovations. These heterogeneous contradictions and their trade-offs, and uncertainties and risks have to be systematically recognized, understood, and weighed when making decisions. This book explores how the transitions occur in fourteen developing countries and broadly surveys their technological, policy, financing, and institutional capacities in response to the three key aspects of energy transitions: achieving universal energy access, harvesting energy efficiency, and deploying renewable energy. The book shows how fragmented these approaches are, how they occur across multiple levels of governance, and how policy, financing, and institutional turns could occur in these complex settings. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of energy and climate policy, development studies, international relations, politics, strategic studies, and geography. It is also useful to policymakers and development practitioners.

Governance for Sustainable Development

Author: William M. Lafferty
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1845421701
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This book is an original study of the challenge of implementing sustainable development in Western democracies. It highlights the obstacles which sustainable development presents for strategic governance and critically examines how these problems can best be overcome in a variety of different political contexts.

Transition Management for Sustainable Development

Author: Kazuhiro Ueta
Publisher: United Nations Univ
ISBN:
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This book examines the idea of sustainable development and its role within environmental governance and policy. In order to realize sustainable development that goes beyond the realm of models or socioeconomic visions, the authors posit it is necessary to use methodology that addresses issues at the global, national, regional, and local levels, and their multilayered, mutual relationships. The book uses case studies to illustrate the problems of sustainable development, how they have been addressed, and the important lessons that can be learned from these experiences. The book clarifies the issues of transition management for sustainable development by taking into account the idea of human development for environmental governance. Although the concepts of human and sustainable development overlap and share many arguments against existing mainstream development initiatives, it is important to look at the ways in which the two concepts can be integrated or are consistent with each other. This book combines the two concepts and discusses how to make sustainable human development operational. Finally, it looks at how and why transition toward multilevel environmental governance takes place and the challenges for the future.

Transitions

Author: Peter W Newton
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING
ISBN: 0643099735
Format: PDF
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Formidable challenges confront Australia and its human settlements: the mega-metro regions, major and provincial cities, coastal, rural and remote towns. The key drivers of change and major urban vulnerabilities have been identified and principal among them are resource-constraints, such as oil, water, food, skilled labour and materials, and carbon-constraints, linked to climate change and a need to transition to renewable energy, both of which will strongly shape urban development this century. Transitions identifies 21st century challenges to the resilience of Australia’s cities and regions that flow from a range of global and local influences, and offers a portfolio of solutions to these critical problems and vulnerabilities. The solutions will require fundamental transitions in many instances: to our urban infrastructures, to our institutions and how they plan for the future, and perhaps most of all to ourselves in terms of our lifestyles and consumption patterns. With contributions from 92 researchers - all leaders in their respective fields - this book offers the expertise to chart pathways for a sustainability transition.

Reaching for the Dream

Author: Melanie Beresford
Publisher: NIAS Press
ISBN: 9788791114489
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Transition economies allow the study of fundamental questions about the nature of markets. How do they arise and do they necessarily follow the same modus operandi as markets in other countries? How does the opening of the economy to global market influences affect the process of institutional change? And how in the context of an underdeveloped transitional economy like Vietnam, do such influences affect the prospects for sustainable and equitable development? This book focuses on the differentiated ways in which the double transition in Vietnam, from central planning and from under-development, affects various sectors of the population.

Sustainable Asia

Author: Patrick Schroeder
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN: 9814730912
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In the emerging narrative of sustainable development in Asia, the essential challenge is to reduce the use of natural resources and environmental degradation alongside the increasing demand for goods and services. To achieve this, Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015, aims at reconciling the three goals of minimising the extraction of natural resources from the environment, limiting waste and emissions over the life cycle of goods and services and improving human development and wellbeing. Sustainable Asia: Supporting the Transition to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asian Developing Countries provides an overview and analysis of the current status of SCP in Asian developing countries. The book focuses on projects supported by the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Programme, a regional development cooperation programme promoting the adoption of SCP practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and consumer groups in Asia since 2007. For readers looking for a comprehensive introduction to the topic of SCP together with a detailed analysis of the current developmental situation in various Asian developing countries and key sectors such as manufacturing, tourism, renewable energy and agriculture, this book is an invaluable tool. The book examines in detail the SCP approaches and innovative solutions demonstrated by the SWITCH-Asia supported projects in Asia and thus serves as a reference for practitioners, researchers and policymakers alike.

Introduction to Sustainable Development

Author: Martin J. Ossewaarde
Publisher:
ISBN: 9789352806461
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""Introduction to Sustainable Development" provides an overview of and insights into the major challenges to sustainable development; encourages and enables the readers to participate in the sustainability transition. Sustainable development is increasingly identified as more of a necessity than an option or a luxury. Being multidisciplinary in nature, it requires the knowledge of scientific, economic and social sides of the problems and solutions, and how they interact. This book presents a critical account of our strengths and weaknesses in the pursuit of sustainability, with special reference to developing world perspective. It motivates the readers to work towards making truly inclusive and environmentally sustainable choices. It also inspires them to be engaged as 'change-makers' for more sustainable types of development in their families, companies and communities. The book has been divided into three parts: Part 1 makes the case for sustainable development and paints the overall vision; Part 2 presents stakeholders and tools that are needed in the transition to a sustainable future; and Part 3 contains application areas that help the reader to see how the lines from the previous parts come together in the major issues of contemporary times"--

Sustainability Transitions in South Africa

Author: Najma Mohamed
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351749625
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South Africa’s transition to a greener economy features prominently in the long-term development vision of the country, and is an integral part of the country’s national climate change response strategy. Despite significant gains in socio-economic development since its transition to democracy, the country continues to face the triple challenges of rising unemployment, income inequality and poverty – amid a slowdown in economic growth. Sustainability transitions offer new ways of shifting the trajectory of South Africa’s resource-intensive economy towards low-carbon pathways linked to the country’s transformative development agenda. Calls for inclusive approaches to greening the South African economy, which addresses the most vulnerable in society and ensures that the benefits of sustainability innovations reach all South Africans, are becoming more pronounced as sustainable development policy reforms are being implemented. The question that should be placed centre stage in South Africa’s sustainability discourse is whether notions of justice and inclusivity are being sufficiently addressed in the design and implementation of policy and programme interventions. This book explores South Africa’s sustainability transition through reflections on critical policy, economic, technological, social and environmental drivers. It provides a synthesis of theoretical insights, including new models and concepts, and praxis through illustrations from South Africa’s growing landscape of sustainable development policies and programmes. Finally, it assesses whether these transition pathways are beginning to reconfigure the system-level structures hindering the country’s goal of ‘ensuring environmental sustainability and an equitable transition to a low-carbon economy’.