An Introduction to Sustainable Development / Edition 1

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This volume is the most comprehensive textbook on sustainable development. It has been developed with students and professionals from around the world specifically for those who need a thorough grounding in the subject. Coverage includes: background to sustainable development and global environmental issues; measurement and sustainability indicators; environmental assessment, management and policy; approaches and linkages to poverty reduction; impacts and infrastructure development; economics, consumption, production and market failures; governance; participation; disaster management; international financial institutions; international environmental agreements; and the role of civil society.

About the Author:
Peter P. Rogers is Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Engineering and Professor of City Planning, Harvard University, USA

About the Author:
Kazi F. Jalal is a lecturer at Harvard's Extension School and was Chief of the Office of Environment and Social Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

About the Author:
John A. Boyd, formerly a lawyer at the US Department of State and ADB, was a Principal Sector Specialist on Sustainable Development at ADB

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Goes deep into the details and presents the available scientific data for explaining the different issues using interdisciplinary approaches ... Extremely useful, especially [for] teachers.'
Alexandre Kiss, formerly President, European Council on Environmental Law

'This is the most thoughtful, interdisciplinary and practical introduction to sustainable development that I have read. It is an outstanding contribution to the fi eld and it is recommended as an excellent source for academics, researchers and students. It is particularly useful for the insights into global, regional and economic aspects and makes workable suggestions for the way forward.'
Professor Donna Craig, Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

'The authors use uncomplicated language and simple illustrations to explain the underlying concepts of sustainable development. The book provides an in valuable introduction to the subject for students, professionals and the lay public.'
Ralph Mitchell, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Biology, Harvard University, USA

'This excellent book is a must for libraries, students and researchers in environmental law. The authors bring with them a wealth of practical experience from different dimensions ... and provide a refreshing insight into the issues posed by the environment.'
Emeritus Professor Koh Kheng-Lian of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

'A truly worthwhile compendium focusing on sustainable development issues.'
Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

'The conceptual breadth is impressive. The examples and many graphics are appealing ... downright useful.'
Richard Forman, Professor of Landscape Ecology, Harvard School of Design, USA

'It is a wonderful presentation of a diverse set of information.'
Professor Allan Freeze, former Professor and Director in the Geological Engineering Program at the University of British Columbia, Canada

'A seminal and highly readable book.'
Charles Okidi, Professor, Institute for Development Studies, and Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies on Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP), University of Nairobi, Kenya

'covers a wide range of interesting topics'
European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol 36

'I found this book to be an excellent introductory text to the real world concept of sustainable development...accessible, well-structured and particularly infromative.'
Harrison, J ( 2010), International Journal of Environment and Pollution.

'The reader is encouraged, through a number of useful real world examples, to apprecate the concept from multiple angles, and is supported in doing so by the presentation of numerous excellent figures and diagrams on the topic.'
Harrison, J ( 2010), International Journal of Environment and Pollution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844075201
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,267,079
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter P. Rogers is Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Engineering and Professor of City Planning, Harvard University, USA. Kazi F. Jalal is a lecturer at Harvard's Extension School and was Chief of the Offi ce of Environment and Social Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). John A. Boyd, formerly a lawyer at ADB, has been a guest lecturer at the Harvard Extension School and served as an ADB Principal Sector Specialist on Sustainable Development.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     7
Preface     10
Acknowledgments     13
Authors and Contributors     15
Abbreviations and Acronyms     16
From Malthus to Sustainable Development
Some Intellectual Underpinnings (and a Disclaimer)     20
Why Sustainability?     22
Nine Ways to Achieve Sustainability     23
Economics as the Dismal Science     28
Population, Resources, Environment, and Sustainability     29
Sustainability on the Highway Produced by Three Key Sources of Energy     35
A Look Forward     39
Challenges of Sustainable Development
Concept of Sustainability     42
Factors Governing Sustainable Development     47
Linkages Among Sustainable Development, Environment, and Poverty     50
Determinants of Sustainable Development     65
Case Studies on Sustainable Development     79
Global Environmental Issues
Population, Income, and Urbanization     84
Health Care     87
Food, Fisheries, and Agriculture     87
Materials and Energy Flows     92
Transportation: The Automobile Industry     96
Precautionary Principle     98
Forestry     99
Water Resources     99
Valuation of Nature's Services     101
Coping with Global Problems     103
Sustainable Development Indicators
Need for Indicators     106
Statistical Procedures     111
Emissions, Diffusion, and Impact Model     112
Aggregating Indicators     116
Other Weighting Systems     119
Use of Principal Component Analysis     123
Three Environmental Quality Indices     123
Summary     132
Annex     133
Environmental Assessment
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969     140
Environmental Impact Assessment     143
Project Categories Based on Environmental Impacts     147
Impact Identification Methods     147
Environmental Impact Assessment Process     149
Environmental Management: Trends and Policies
Milestones in Environmental Management     158
Revisiting Complex Issues     162
Sector Policies Concerning the Environment     163
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)     171
Institutional Framework for Environmental Management     174
Achievements in Environmental Management     174
People's Perception of the Environment      174
Why is the Environment Bad?     176
Millenium Development Goals     177
Conclusion     182
Legislation, International Law, and Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Definitions     184
Sources of International Law     186
The Four Questions In the Context of International Law     188
Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)     201
Some Early Contributions to Environmental Law and Sustainable Development by Lawyers, Scholars, and Judges     210
Conclusion     213
Social Dimensions and Policies
Eradication of Poverty     219
Participatory Development     228
Consensus Building     231
Nongovernment Organizations (NGOs)     233
Gender and Development     235
Involuntary Resettlement     239
Indigenous Peoples (IPs)     242
Social Exclusion     245
Social Analysis     247
Social Development Indicators (SDIs)     251
Conclusion     257
The Economics of Sustainability
Evolution of Economic Thinking About the Environment and the Role of Different Economic Factors     260
Concepts of Welfare     262
Public Goods, Common Property, and Private Goods      272
Summary     274
Sustainability: Externalities, Valuation, and Time Externalities
Valuation     277
Approaches to Valuation     282
Economics Assessment of Sustainable Projects     287
Categories of Costs     290
Economic Life of a Project     291
Economic Assessment of Sustainable Plans and Projects     292
Economic Assessment of Investments in Climate Change Mitigation     293
Summary     297
Natural Resource Accounting
National Income: Definitions and Limitations     300
Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI)     303
Human Development Index (HDI)     307
World Bank's Wealth of Nations     307
Genuine Savings     310
Summary of National Sustainability Accounting     312
The Role of International Financial Institutions
Development and Environment at the World Bank     314
Integrating Environment and Poverty Reduction     318
Environment and Growth     321
Millennium Development Goals and the World Bank     325
Attacking Poverty Through Sustainable Development     328
World Bank Experience and Goals     330
Corporate Social Responsibility: The Triple Bottom Line     341
Developed Countries and Sustainable Development     343
International Cooperation
Organizations Responsible for Sustainable Development     346
Reform and Revitalization of Global Organizations     348
World Summit on Sustainable Development     353
Role of Non-State Actors in Sustainable Development     358
NGOs and Social Entrepreneurs     362
Financing Sustainable Development     364
Cooperation Between Regions     366
Peoples' Earth Charter     367
Conclusion     368
Sustainable Development: Crisis, Conflict, and Compromise
Crisis     370
Role of Natural Resources and the Environment     371
Conflict     374
Compromise     379
Summary     381
Epilogue     385
References     389
Index     407
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