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 and Development, popularly known as the Earth Summit, was a milestone event for sustainable development. In dealing with ecological and developmental issues concurrently, it brought the international environmental agenda to the fore. Canada was the first industrialized country to announce that it would be a signatory to the Biodiversity Convention, and by furthering future forestry and global warming conventions, it played an important leadership role.

Achieving Sustainable Development explores how well Canada has met the Earth Summit's targets and attempts to find ways in which the public can become involved in such issues. Its authors stress the importance of integration of information from various fields and seek to stimulate the exchange of knowledge among the academic community, government, non-governmental organizations and industry. The contributors look far beyond merely identifying and analyzing selected issues and problems. To facilitate public discussion and to affect policy development, at least one initiative is proposed and detailed for each problem identified.

Achieving Sustainable Development provides an overall introduction to critical subjects in sustainable development -- industrial growth, women, institutional arrangements, industrial practices, and aboriginal peoples. Most importantly, it argues for the immediate development of a research and policy agenda for Canada and suggests mechanisms for its implementation.

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

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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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