International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

How to Apply the Concept of Sustainability to a Region

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The term "sustainable development* is a prophetic combination of two words which unites both aspects -economic progress and environmental quality - in one vision. The attractiveness of such a term has its price, however. It can become an empty phrase if it is not clearly defined and conceptualized. What is needed is a description of the concept that is exact as possible, and details on how to operationalize it. Such a definition should allow for flexibility, but not arbitrariness, in implementing the concept. The project of the Center of Technology Assessment in Baden-Württemberg with the title "Qualitative Growth as Prerequisite for Sustainable Development in Baden-Württemberg* is an attempt to accomplish this. The aim of the project is to develop a concept of sustainable development on a regional scale by developing general guidelines and conversion strategies for the various players involved. © 1998 Elsevier Science Inc.

Publication Title

Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Publication Date

1-1-1998

Volume

58

Issue

1-2

First Page

63

Last Page

81

ISSN

0040-1625

DOI

10.1016/S0040-1625(97)00072-3

Keywords

sustainable development, developing countries

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