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Global sustainability: Toward definition

Global sustainability: Toward definition,10.1007/BF01867238,Environmental Management,Becky J. Brown,Mark E. Hanson,Diana M. Liverman,Robert W. Meridet

Global sustainability: Toward definition   (Citations: 72)
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Sustainability is increasingly viewed as a desired goal of development and environmental management. This term has been used in numerous disciplines and in a variety of contexts, ranging from the concept of maximum sustainable yield in forestry and fisheries management to the vision of a sustainable society with a steady-state economy. The meaning of the term is strongly dependent on the context in which it is applied and on whether its use is based on a social, economic, or ecological perspective, Sustainability may be defined broadly or narrowly, but a useful definition must specify explicitly the context as well as the temporal and spatial scales being considered. Although societies differ in their conceptualizations of sustainability, indefinite human survival on a global scale requires certain basic support systems, which can be maintained only with a healthy environment and a stable human population. A clearer understanding of global sustainability and the development of appropriate indicators of the status of basic support systems would provide a useful framework for policy making.
Journal: Environmental Management - ENVIRON MANAGE , vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 713-719, 1987
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