The recent United Nations Conference on the Environment and
Development, popularly known as the Earth Summit, was a milestone event
for sustainable development. In dealing with ecological and
developmental issues concurrently, it brought the international
environmental agenda to the fore. Canada was the first industrialized
country to announce that it would be a signatory to the Biodiversity
Convention, and by furthering future forestry and global warming
conventions, it played an important leadership role.
Achieving Sustainable Development explores how well Canada
has met the Earth Summit's targets and attempts to find ways in
which the public can become involved in such issues. Its authors stress
the importance of integration of information from various fields and
seek to stimulate the exchange of knowledge among the academic
community, government, non-governmental organizations and industry. The
contributors look far beyond merely identifying and analyzing selected
issues and problems. To facilitate public discussion and to affect
policy development, at least one initiative is proposed and detailed
for each problem identified.
Achieving Sustainable Development provides an overall
introduction to critical subjects in sustainable development --
industrial growth, women, institutional arrangements, industrial
practices, and aboriginal peoples. Most importantly, it argues for the
immediate development of a research and policy agenda for Canada and
suggests mechanisms for its implementation.
Ann Dale (editor) is a Senior Associate of the Sustainable Development Research Institute at the University of British Columbia. John B. Robinson (editor) is Director of the Sustainable Development Research Institute at the University of British Columbia.
Vision Life in 2030: The Sustainable Society Project Sustainability Strategies and Green Planning: Recent Canadian and International Experience Connections Growing Wisely: Integrating Competitiveness, Sustainability, and Social Policy Action Biodiversity Conservation: Developing a Research and Policy Agenda for Canada Industrial Ecology: Efficient and Excellent Production Making Sustainable Development Happen: Institutional Transformation Putting Women and the Environment First: Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development Promises, Promises: Canadian Campaign Rhetoric, Agenda 21, and the Status of Women Aboriginal Peoples: Understanding the Basis for Policy-Making towards a Sustainable Development, with Focus on the Hudson Bay Region Assessing Progress A Systematic Approach to Assessing Progress towards Sustainability