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Economics of environment and development

David Pearce and Ed Barbier

THE ORIGINS OF BLUEPRINT FOR A GREEN ECONOMY BY DAVID PEARCE

IIED can legitimately claim to have been one of the birthplaces of the economic approach to sustainable development. In 1988 the then UK Conservative Government sought a structured response to the Brundtland Report of 1987.1 The Brundtland Report was not the first international report to focus on the notion of the sustainability of economic and social activity, but it remains the most celebrated statement of the issues. The new focus was on forms of economic development that would permanently raise the living standards of the world's population, and especially the living standards of the poorest people. The notion ...

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