Holistic sustainability

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  • This book contains the papers presented at the International Conference on the Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards, which was held in Patagonia, Argentina. The Conference name was shortened to ‘The Ravage of the Planet’ to emphasize the urgency of the problems under discussion. The state of our planet continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate. We have arrived at a situation where we need to determine urgent solutions before we reach a point of irreversible damage....

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  • the main lesson to draw from this broad range of strategies is the importance of community engagement and the key leadership role that women living with Hiv have to play in tailoring the Hiv response to their needs.

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  • World Bank documents and speeches now emphasise the need to assess the links between social and environmental changes and macroeconomic performance. Bank President Wolfensohn’s main current reform proposal is to refine and implement his Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF); an attempt to present an integrated, holistic analysis of the relationship between human, structural and environmental change and its traditional goals of macroeconomic stability and economic growth.

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  • This collection of papers reflects the diversity of concepts, methods, and case studies that address the challenge of Managing for Healthy Ecosystems as holistic environmental management in the context of health, integrity, and sustainability. Ecosystem health embodies the capacity of ecosystems to function without impairment, while management concerns the assessment of ecosystem conditions relative to social goals and adoption of interventions to achieve designated goals.

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  • For many organizations their dependence on information systems, both within the company and networked up and down their supply chain, is now business critical. Any sustained loss of availability of these systems would threaten the very existence of the business. Security is a holistic issue. Vulnerabilities in physical, personnel and electronic security all need to be addressed with equal commitment. Too many businesses still focus on physical security without sustaining even basic precautions in personnel and electronic security....

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  • The history, culture and community values of East Africans are embedded in agriculture. It is the most important source of livelihoods for millions of East Africans. The sustainable management of the agriculture production process is therefore crucial if livelihoods are to be sustained. Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system, which promotes and enhances agro- ecosystem health, including bio-diversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity.

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  • These are complex, interlinked issues. “Sustainable development” has been proposed as a holistic approach for dealing with these complexities. Sustainable development integrates economic, envi- ronmental and social considerations in order to improve the lives of the current generation and ensure that future generations will have adequate resources and opportunities. Over recent decades, public awareness and concern has grown, as has knowledge of the effects of our activities on the environment.

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  • Despite the steady growth in the organic sector in recent years, it remains a fledgling research area, particularly in Western Canada. Most of the information on the benefits and impacts of organic agriculture is based on research from Europe, and there has been comparatively little research focused on the contribution of organic production to sustainable agriculture in the Canadian context.

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