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Sustainable Resource Management

Reality or Illusion? Edited by Peter N. Nemetz, Professor of Strategy and Business Economics, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada
This provocative book examines the broad and complex conceptual issues that must be addressed in order to achieve sustainable development. It begins with several case studies that reflect innovative policy and strategic initiatives within the corporate and public sectors, followed by a sector-by-sector analysis of specific opportunities and challenges within the critical resource domains of energy and global climate, human health, fisheries, agriculture, biodiversity, and forestry. It concludes by discussing how to measure and assess national economic and corporate activity, and whether humanity is itself capable of making the changes necessary to guarantee its own survival.
Extent: 456 pp
Hardback Price: £120.00 Web: £108.00
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84542 594 4
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  • Business and Management
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Management
This provocative book examines the broad and complex conceptual issues that must be addressed in order to achieve sustainable development. It begins with several case studies that reflect innovative policy and strategic initiatives within the corporate and public sectors, followed by a sector-by-sector analysis of specific opportunities and challenges within the critical resource domains of energy and global climate, human health, fisheries, agriculture, biodiversity, and forestry. It concludes by discussing how to measure and assess national economic and corporate activity, and whether humanity is itself capable of making the changes necessary to guarantee its own survival.

The contributors illustrate, on the one hand, the spark of human ingenuity and invention which holds out a promise of success, but expose, on the other hand, the mindsets, myths and new conventional wisdom which characterize the emerging domain of sustainable development and which pose a daunting and potentially insurmountable challenge to its achievement. They determine that nothing short of a revolution in the way we produce goods and services, structure corporate decision making, and view our relationship with the natural environment will guarantee sustainable development. Central to this conclusion is a realization that many of the reigning beliefs that guide our actions today must be critically re-examined and, if necessary, rejected and replaced.

A challenge to the tenets of current conventional wisdom, Sustainable Resource Management will be of great interest to students and scholars of business, resource and environmental economics, and resource management.
‘This collection by an important group of practitioners and scholars ultimately provides an accessible introduction to a range of approaches for addressing critical problems in environmental and resource management.’
– J. Booker, Choice
Contributors: M.A. Altieri, R. Anderson, J.-P. Barde, N.A. Braathen, R. Chuenpagdee, R. Colman, C. Hertzman, J.P.H. Kimmins, J. Lister, B.J. McLean, P.N. Nemetz, D. Pauly, W.E. Rees, R. Repetto, B. Richter, R.A. Sedjo, A.R.E. Sinclair, W.G.B. Smith, D.T. Suzuki
Contents:

PART I: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Introduction

PART II: SOME SUCCESSES ON THE ROAD TO SUSTAINABILITY
Introduction

1. Emissions Trading: US Experience Implementing Multi-State Cap and Trade Programs
Brian J. McLean

2. Green Tax Reforms in OECD Countries: An Overview
Jean-Philippe Barde and Nils Axel Braathen

3. Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise
Ray Anderson

PART III: CHALLENGES WITHIN SPECIFIC RESOURCE DOMAINS
Introduction

SECTION A. ENERGY AND GLOBAL CLIMATE
4. Reconciling Global Warming and Increasing Energy Demand
Burton Richter

SECTION B. HUMAN HEALTH
5. Global Consumption from the Perspective of Population Health
Clyde Hertzman

SECTION C. FISHERIES
6. Fisheries and Coastal Ecosystems: The Need for Integrated Management
Daniel Pauly and Ratana Chuenpagdee

SECTION D. AGRICULTURE

7. Fatal Harvest: Old and New Dimensions of the Ecological Tragedy of Modern Agriculture
Miguel A. Altieri

SECTION E. BIODIVERSITY
8. Is Conservation a Lost Cause?
Anthony R.E. Sinclair

SECTION F. FORESTRY
9. The Myth, Reality and Social Process of Sustainable Forest Management
Jane Lister

10. Sustainability: A Focus on Forests and Forestry
J.P. (Hamish) Kimmins

11. Tropical Forest Management Systems as Economic and Sustainable
Roger A. Sedjo

PART IV: THE CONCEPTUAL CHALLENGES
Introduction

12. Accounting for the Environment: Can Industrial Ecology Pay Double Dividends for Business?
W.G.B. Smith

13. Better Financial Disclosure Protects Investors and the Environment
Robert Repetto

14. The Challenge of the 21st Century: Setting the Real Bottom Line
David T. Suzuki

15. Is Humanity Fatally Successful?
William E. Rees

16. Measuring Genuine Progress
Ronald Colman

CONCLUDING COMMENTS

Index