Preserving the Legacy: Concepts in Support of Sustainability

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Though only a relatively recent topic of worldwide discussion and interest, the concept of sustainable development traces its origins to the late eighteenth century, when concern for resource conservation and environmental integrity first arose. From this beginning, the concern for sustainable development progressively expanded from being purely local to having a regional and national relevance, and finally to being a global concern of import. Preserving the Legacy examines this expansion, while discussing ...

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Overview

Though only a relatively recent topic of worldwide discussion and interest, the concept of sustainable development traces its origins to the late eighteenth century, when concern for resource conservation and environmental integrity first arose. From this beginning, the concern for sustainable development progressively expanded from being purely local to having a regional and national relevance, and finally to being a global concern of import. Preserving the Legacy examines this expansion, while discussing several general approaches to the understanding and application of the concept of sustainability. Also discussed are such weighty issues as the balancing of development aspirations with environmental management in developing countries, and the means by which residents in an urbanizing region in a developed country can be induced to consider sustainable development as both a goal and a limiting factor in the conversion of agricultural land. Offering both real-world examples of sustainability issues and a forecast for the future of sustainability theory and practice, this fascinating volume will prove invaluable to scholars of the environment, geography, and urban planning.

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Narrows the theme of sustainable development to the dilemma that faces practicing planners in urban development and ecotourism, who increasingly must move from a philosophy that essentially sustains growth to one in which growth needs to be reconciled with other considerations to produce an environmentally sustainable development process. Most of the 14 papers are revised from presentations at the 1996 Ohio Academy of Science meeting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739100158
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 3/11/1999
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen G. Noble is Distinguished Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Akron. He is coauthor of The old Barn Book: A Field Guide to North American Barns and Other Farm Structures with Richard K. Cleek. Frank J. Costa is Professor of Geography & Planning and Urban Studies at the University of Akron. He is co-author of the forthcoming title Regional Development and Planning in an Era of Change with Allen G. Noble, Askok K, Dutt, and Robert B. Kent.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Conservation and the Emergence of the Sustainability Concept 3
Context and Strategies 19
2 Environmental Management in Development Planning: Some Paradigms and Global Comparisons 21
3 Urban Planning and Social Ecology: Philosophy, Literature and Convergence 37
4 Ecology in the Humanities Classroom 53
5 Raising the Consciousness of a Region for Sustainable Development 61
6 Human Settlement and Sustainable Stewardship 79
Urban Development and Sustainability 95
7 Sustainability in an Urban Environment 97
8 Urban Indicators in Three Indian Cities 105
9 The Grameen Bank: A Tool to Combat the Feminization of Poverty 123
10 Sustainability and Urban Communities 141
Ecotourism and Sustainability 157
11 Sustainable Tourism: An Overview 159
12 Untapped Resources for Sustainable Tourism in Western India 171
13 Defining Sustainable Tourism Development: Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean 189
Looking to the Future 205
14 Beyond Sustainability: Bioregionalism and Bioregional Planning 207
Index 223
About the Contributors 229
About the Editors 231
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