Achieving Sustainable Development
317 pages, 6 x 9
31 b&w illustrations, 18 tables
Release Date:29 Jul 1996
Release Date:29 Jul 1996
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Achieving Sustainable Development

UBC Press

The recent United Nations Conference on the Environment andDevelopment, popularly known as the Earth Summit, was a milestone eventfor sustainable development. In dealing with ecological anddevelopmental issues concurrently, it brought the internationalenvironmental agenda to the fore. Canada was the first industrializedcountry to announce that it would be a signatory to the BiodiversityConvention, and by furthering future forestry and global warmingconventions, it played an important leadership role.

Achieving Sustainable Development explores how well Canadahas met the Earth Summit's targets and attempts to find ways inwhich the public can become involved in such issues. Its authors stressthe importance of integration of information from various fields andseek to stimulate the exchange of knowledge among the academiccommunity, government, non-governmental organizations and industry. Thecontributors look far beyond merely identifying and analyzing selectedissues and problems. To facilitate public discussion and to affectpolicy development, at least one initiative is proposed and detailedfor each problem identified.

Achieving Sustainable Development provides an overallintroduction to critical subjects in sustainable development --industrial growth, women, institutional arrangements, industrialpractices, and aboriginal peoples. Most importantly, it argues for theimmediate development of a research and policy agenda for Canada andsuggests mechanisms for its implementation.

Ann Dale (editor) is a Senior Associate of theSustainable Development Research Institute at the University of BritishColumbia. John B. Robinson (editor) is Director of theSustainable Development Research Institute at the University of BritishColumbia.

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Sustainability Strategies and Green Planning: Recent Canadian and International Experience


Growing Wisely: Integrating Competitiveness, Sustainability, and Social Policy


Biodiversity Conservation: Developing a Research and Policy Agenda for Canada
Industrial Ecology: Efficient and Excellent Production
Making Sustainable Development Happen: Institutional Transformation
Putting Women and the Environment First: Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development
Promises, Promises: Canadian Campaign Rhetoric, Agenda 21, and the Status of Women
Aboriginal Peoples: Understanding the Basis for Policy-Making towards a Sustainable Development, with Focus on the Hudson Bay Region

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