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Title (Primary) Needs as a central element of sustainable development
Title (Secondary) Routledge handbook of ecological economics : nature and society
Author Rauschmayer, F.; Omann, I.;
Publisher Spash, C.L.;
Year 2017
Department UPOL;
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T16;
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract Needs play a central role for sustainable development (SD), both in its most famous definition in the Brundtland report and, more generally, as a concept of wellbeing across the globe and into the future (Gough, 2015). The Brundtland report of the World Commission on Environment and Development defines SD as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED, 1987). The report also states that giving overriding priority to the needs of powerless people implies the acceptance of limitations when meeting present needs. However, the report's concept of needs is rather vague when referring to ‘essential needs’ (e.g., jobs, food, shelter) of the world's poor and future generations.
ID 18869
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=18869
Rauschmayer, F., Omann, I. (2017):
Needs as a central element of sustainable development
In: Spash, C.L. (ed.)
Routledge handbook of ecological economics : nature and society
Routledge, London, p. 246 - 255