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close this bookEco-restructuring: Implications for sustainable development (UNU, 1998, 417 pages)
close this folderPart II: Restructuring sectors and the sectoral balance of the economy
close this folder10. The restructuring of tropical land-use systems
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentModels of rural development
View the documentThe need for integrated solutions in tropical land use
View the documentStrategic issues
View the documentConcluding remarks
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1. This overview based on Lopez Cordovez (1993).
2. I am indebted to Dr. Filemón Torres for his inputs.
3. For instance, "development" is often described as a permanent increase (usually of GNP); expressions such as "target," "optimal path," or "trajectory" resonate with ballistic analogies. The word "sustainability" suggests reaching a state of constancy, preserving an existing situation. Therefore the phrase "sustainable development" intuitively sounds contradictory. The argument here is not that sustainable development is inherently contradictory (I believe it is not) but that the wording and conceptualization we use are not well suited to the new concepts being generated.