Sustainable Natural Resource Management
by Daniel Anthes
(Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
- Brundtland Report, 1987
Clearly, we live in times of crisis as we will not only have to tackle climate change, but also growing energy demands as well as both water and food supplies. Each and every single day we have to realize that we live on the brink of our planet's capacities.
This is a very crucial situation, since resources are the backbone of every economy and will have profound effects on social welfare. In using resources and transforming them, capital stocks are built up which add to the wealth of present and future generations.
Without a doubt, the dimensions of our current resource use endanger the access of future generations to their fair share of particularly scarce resources. Moreover, impacts on the environment may induce serious damages that go beyond the resilience of such.
In order to guarantee sustainable development, there has to be some rethinking about how and in what dimensions we use the natural resources at our disposal, both in the developed and developing world. There simply is no alternative - the time to act is now!
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