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Future Perspectives: DevelopingSustainable Development

Martin Purvis and Alan Grainger

Introduction

Sustainable development is a multifaceted phenomenon of global proportions. Too often, however, it appears amorphous, confusing and inconsistent. One of the aims of this book has been to analyse it from a variety of geographical perspectives in order to reveal its many facets, while at the same time showing how they form part of a coherent whole. Many other studies have emphasized particular aspects of sustainable development; we have tried to bring together these various dimensions to show the ‘big picture’. Sustainable development thus gives us new reasons to value geography’s role in studying human and natural systems as an interconnected ...

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