Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.



Decision-making in sustainability governance

Sustainability is the balance between human society and the environment for future generations. To achieve this equilibrium, several complex problems need to be solved. Meanwhile, governance involves many organizations and stakeholders in addition to the government that takes decisions affecting others. Sustainability governance can be defined as a framework within which the global environment for future generations is discussed and then determined. Specifically, it is beneficial to make collective and comprehensive decisions in collaboration with the public sector, the private sector and civilian society. Collaboration among these sectors is necessary to tackle the broad and complex challenges of sustainability, and decision-making within such a framework is usually a group decisionmaking process. The group should comprise all stakeholders who have an interest in a particular decision, either as individuals or as representatives of a group (Hemmati, 2002).


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