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Sustainable Development - Relationships to Culture, Knowledge and Ethics

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Book Series: Karlsruher Studien Technik und Kultur / Hrsg.: G. Banse, A. Böhn, A. Grunwald, K. Möser, M. Pfadenhauer ISSN: 18697194 ISBN: 9783866446274 Year: Volume: 3 Pages: 228 p. DOI: 10.5445/KSP/1000021734 Language: ENGLISH
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Subject: Technology (General)
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The emergence of a global and technological world and its accelerating, dissemination before the beginning of the 21st century does not only give rise to technological, economic, social, environmental, political, and educational tasks. Significant philosophical questions, epistemic reflections, and cultural debates result. The aim of this book is to provide information about epistemic, ethical, and cultural implications of sustainable development on an interdisciplinary and international level.

Law | Environment | Africa

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Book Series: Schriftenreihe Recht und Verfassung in Afrika - Law and Constitution in Africa ISBN: 9783845294605 Year: Volume: 38 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5771/9783845294605 Language: en
Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Subject: Law
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Law | Environment | Africa compiles the proceedings of the 5th Symposium and the 4th Scientific Conference of the Association of Environmental Law Lecturers from African Universities (ASSELLAU) in cooperation with the Climate Policy and Energy Security Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa run by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The book

La modélisation d'accompagnement

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ISBN: 9782759206216 Year: Pages: 384 DOI: 10.35690/978-2-7592-0621-6 Language: French
Publisher: éditions Quae
Subject: Agriculture (General)
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"Sustainable development and its expression in terms of participation by local stakeholders in future choices in regions where they live or work have become topical issues. Companion modelling is particularly original among methods to set up participative approaches around the sustainable management of natural renewable resources. The aim of this book is to familiarise the reader with the companion modelling approach, by presenting the scientific posture that is its foundation, its methods and tools and the special place for models. It also explains how to incorporate several decision scales, take power games into account and lastly assess the effects on the people involved in using this approach.&#xD;This work is based on concrete examples taken from 27 cases studied by the researcher group and on educational tools. It is intended for researchers into rural development and renewable resources as well as students and teachers."&#xD;

Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability

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ISBN: 9781771990219 9781771990226 9781771990233 9781771990240 Year: Pages: 316 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781771990219.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Economics
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When citizens take collaborative action to meet the needs of their community, they are participating in the social economy. Co-operatives, community-based social services, local non-profit organizations, and charitable foundations are all examples of social economies that emphasize mutual benefit rather than the accumulation of profit. While such groups often participate in market-based activities to achieve their goals, they also pose an alternative to the capitalist market economy. Contributors to Scaling Up investigated innovative social economies in British Columbia and Alberta and discovered that achieving a social good through collective, grassroots enterprise resulted in a sustainable way of satisfying human needs that was also, by extension, environmentally responsible. As these case studies illustrate, organizations that are capable of harnessing the power of a social economy generally demonstrate a commitment to three outcomes: greater social justice, financial self-sufficiency, and environmental sustainability. Within the matrix of these three allied principles lie new strategic directions for the politics of sustainability.Whether they were examining attainable and affordable housing initiatives, co-operative approaches to the provision of social services, local credit unions, farmers’ markets, or community-owned power companies, the contributors found social economies providing solutions based on reciprocity and an understanding of how parts function within the whole—an understanding that is essential to sustainability. In these locally defined and controlled, democratically operated organizations we see possibilities for a more human economy that is capable of transforming the very social and technical systems that make our current way of life unsustainable.

La città in campagna e la campagna in città. Architettura e natura. Atti del IV Convegno diffuso internazionale San Venanzo, Terni, 13-17 settembre 2016

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Book Series: Paesaggi: città, natura, infrastrutture - Open Access ISBN: 9788891757975 Year: Language: Italian
Publisher: FrancoAngeli
Subject: Architecture
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The volume collects the proceedings of the IV international widespread convention held in September 2016 in San Venanzo (Italy) within the event "Architecture and Nature - Simonetta Bastelli Award". It is divided into as many sections as were the days and the different topics addressed: "The network/The systems", "City in the Countryside", "Countryside in the City", in addition to the lectio magistralis of the Portuguese landscape designer João Ferreira Nunes and the conference of Perry Maas of the Rotterdam WEST 8 design team - Urban Design & Landscape Architecture. The intent of the publication, as well as of the convention, is to understand the relationships and interdependencies existing between the city and the countryside in intlight of a new model of sustainable development.

Sustainable Territorial Management

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ISBN: 9783038972129 9783038972136 Year: Pages: 224 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-213-6 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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Human development has made remarkable social and economic progress possible for most of us but has also entailed a range of serious impacts on natural resources, local communities and the economy at multiple scales. Thus, achieving sustainable territorial management that combines healthy and prosperous societies with the long-term maintenance of biodiversity and productive ecosystem services remains the biggest challenge of our modern world. This Special Issue seeks to collect a coherent set of studies on techniques and experiences (case studies) aimed at increasing the environmental, social, economic &/or institutional sustainability of landscapes and seascapes from a range of geographic and socioeconomic contexts. Ten case studies representing urban areas, rural areas (chiefly protected areas) and coastal areas from four countries in Europe and Asia by internationally renowned authors are shown.

7 Urban ecosystem services and stakeholders (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9780815387213 9780815387213 9780815387220 9781351173643 Year: Pages: 20 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Geology --- Earth Sciences
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This chapter argues that the discussion of urban sustainability is in urgent need of&#xD;new understanding of how ecosystem services are generated in places where human&#xD;and non-human stakeholders interact within the urban landscape. More than half of&#xD;the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, and the rate of urbanisation is&#xD;estimated to increase rapidly in the next three decades ( United Nations, 2014 ). This&#xD;scale of urbanisation strains both urban and rural ecosystems, which are required&#xD;to provide nutrition, clean water, fresh air, recreational opportunities, wellbeing and&#xD;other life-supporting and life-enhancing opportunities to urban dwellers ( Chiesura&#xD;and de Groot, 2003 ; Fischer and Eastwood, 2016 ; Standish, Hobbs, and Miller, 2013 ).&#xD;Amidst such challenges as rapid urbanisation and abrupt climatic changes, ecosystem&#xD;services are needed to provide the material and non-material benefi ts required&#xD;to keep ever-growing cities liveable ( Alberti, 2016 ; Andersson et al., 2014 ; Finco and&#xD;Nijkamp, 2001 ; Rees and Wackernagel, 1996 ). However, the current understanding&#xD;of ecosystem services is inadequate, and the extant research has been criticised for&#xD;both its anthropocentric bias and its focus on instrumental and monetary valuations&#xD;of ecosystem services ( Pelenc and Ballet, 2015 ; Schröter et al., 2014 ). Moreover, the&#xD;lack of a detailed elaboration of the socio-ecological interface of ecosystem services&#xD;has resulted in the continued segregation of human and non-human processes in&#xD;ecosystem service generation ( Andersson, Barthel, and Ahrné, 2007 ; Fischer and&#xD;Eastwood, 2016 ; Maes et al., 2012 )

Selected Papers from SDEWES 2017: The 12th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

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ISBN: 9783038973966 / 9783038973973 Year: Pages: 346 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-397-3 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: General and Civil Engineering --- Mechanical Engineering
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EU energy policy is more and more promoting a resilient, efficient and sustainable energy system. Several agreements have been signed in the last few months that set ambitious goals in terms of energy efficiency and emission reductions and to reduce the energy consumption in buildings. These actions are expected to fulfill the goals negotiated at the Paris Agreement in 2015. The successful development of this ambitious energy policy needs to be supported by scientific knowledge: a huge effort must be made in order to develop more efficient energy conversion technologies based both on renewables and fossil fuels. Similarly, researchers are also expected to work on the integration of conventional and novel systems, also taking into account the needs for the management of the novel energy systems in terms of energy storage and devices management. Therefore, a multi-disciplinary approach is required in order to achieve these goals. To ensure that the scientists belonging to the different disciplines are aware of the scientific progress in the other research areas, specific Conferences are periodically organized. One of the most popular conferences in this area is the Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) Series Conference. The 12th Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Conference was recently held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The present Special Issue of Energies, specifically dedicated to the 12th SDEWES Conference, is focused on five main fields: energy policy and energy efficiency in smart energy systems, polygeneration and district heating, advanced combustion techniques and fuels, biomass and building efficiency.

Torn by (un)certainty – can there be peace between rule of law and other Sustainable Development Goals? (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9781786438751 9781786438768 Year: Pages: 21 DOI: 10.4337/9781786438768 Language: English
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Subject: Law --- Political Science
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Rule of law is a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) seeking to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (SDG 16). It enjoys wide global support, and within the United Nations system the rule of law is considered paramount for achieving other sustainable development goals, such as the rights to water, food, and energy. While there is much merit to this view, this chapter argues that the rule of law may at times be the single biggest obstacle for achieving the other SDGs. The chapter starts by highlighting the main rule of law theories from which SDG 16 draws, namely formal, procedural and substantive. All three theories require different kinds of certainty that is at odds with the uncertainty of the socio-ecological ‘real’ world. This uncertainty is caused mainly by the lack of scientific data and understanding of biological systems, economic and social risks, and the dynamic and complex nature of socio-ecological systems. If science cannot be certain of how the socio-ecological world operates or will operate, neither can the (rule of) law that seeks to regulate the human–environment interface. The chapter concludes by discussing two categories of legal mechanisms that may be used to reconcile the (rule of law’s) need for certainty, and the uncertainty of the socio-ecological world. In the first line of inquiry it suggests that environmental regulations should be designed to alleviate scientific uncertainty by being adaptive. In the second line of inquiry it suggests courts are required to exercise their discretion in evaluating evidence and interpreting the law. These two mechanisms to tackle scientific uncertainty require major concessions from the rule of law but they need not be its demise. The rule of law trickles down to questions like how well and openly the decisions are reasoned.

Governance for Justice and Environmental Sustainability

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ISBN: 9780415523592 9780203120880 9781138680067 9780415523595 Year: Pages: 360 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences
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The intention of this book is to begin to shed light on these issues, by exploring&#xD;the interplay between governance, justice and sustainability in a range of natural&#xD;resource sectors. The book comprises 16 chapters, 12 of them case studies recounting&#xD;experiences in the forest, wildlife, fisheries, conservation, mining and water&#xD;sectors of diverse countries: Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South&#xD;Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Cameroon.

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