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ECOLOGICAL APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Definition:
Economic and social systems are sub-systems of the global environment; sustainability in the economic and social spheres is subordinate to sustainability of the environment. Development, from the ecological viewpoint, is seen to refer to the “capacity of [an ecosystem] to respond positively to change and opportunity” or the “maintenance of [ecosystems’] dynamic capacity to respond adaptively” (Golley, 1990). The key property to be sustained then is the capacity of ecosystems to respond with resilience to external perturbations and changes.

Source Publication:
United Nations, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank , 2005, Handbook of National Accounting: Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting 2003, Studies in Methods, Series F, No.61, Rev.1, Glossary, United Nations, New York, para. 1.13.

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Last updated on Tuesday, July 05, 2005