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The challenge of sustainability - an action agenda for the global environment (Inglês)

The book measures the strengths and determination to overcome environmental challenges, by examining five of the key challenges we will all face in the coming decades. The degradation of marine and freshwater resources presents an enormously complex challenge. Chapter 1 illustrates, partnerships-like the cooperative efforts now under way to clean up the Black Sea ecosystem, and manage in a sustained manner, the Nile River basin- as the most effective ways to remedy unsustainable uses of large freshwater and saltwater systems. Food production must increase to feed a growing global population, but ignoring the negative environmental effects of some agricultural practices will only make the challenge more difficult. Chapter 2 focuses on integrated land and water strategies, good management practices, environmentally sound technologies, and policies that can support increases in food production without putting additional stresses on land and water resources. Chapter 3 provides a frame of reference responsive to the significant changes in the environmental, economic, and political forces that govern forests. Chapter 4 describes how government and business leaders have changed their thinking about sustainable energy development since the mid-1980s. Actions have centered on three main areas: improved efficiency, increased reliance on renewable energy sources, and, efforts to provide rural households with access to modern energy services. Finally, Chapter 5 explores the new financial resources and mechanisms, urgently needed to support the global environmental agenda, and make progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals.




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