The Internet, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Management

The Internet, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Management

James F. Courtney (University of Central Florida, USA), Sandra M. Richardson (Texas Tech University, USA) and David Paradice (Florida State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-21-1.ch010


Sustainable development promotes the idea that development should be capable of meeting the needs of today without sacrificing the resources needed by future generations. This notion has evolved from recognition of the current problems faced when development occurs without regard for its impact on the surrounding ecosystem. The problems that occur are legion and the solutions complex. They involve many stakeholders with often significantly different perspectives and vastly different goals. New approaches to defining problems, approaches that incorporate multiple perspectives and support communication among multiple stakeholders, are needed to structure the complexity of modern decision-making situations and achieve sustainable development.

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