What is development?

Core/Periphery assignment


What is Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development is a form of stewardship. This means that the earth's resources should be managed, controlled, or developed in such a way as to give the greatest sustainable benefit now and for the future. It should not be detrimental to future generations.

There are different forms of sustainable management techniques.

1. Conservation: Here resource use is to provide the greatest yield for the greatest number over the longest time period. Also the optimal timing of the use of natural resources. In some cases this could also include the preservation of resources. The use of resources should be done wisely and this could include environmental protection.

2. Substitution: Many resources can be substituted for other resources. For example, cotton can be substituted by synthetic fibers for textiles or coal can be substituted by natural gas. Resource substitution often occurs when there are changes in supply, demand, and prices. In the future, more and more non-renewable resources can be substituted by alternative, renewable resources.

3. Recycling: In order to increase the quantity of the resource, one should recycle the wastes of the product. Mineral content can be recovered from the residue of certain products.
For example, there are forest recycling programs which allow for the recycling of waste paper so that forest resources can be re-used.

Can fair trade be considered sustainable development?

What are some resource management strategies adopted by government and non-government agencies?

. Sustained-yield of forest products
This includes planned rotational schemes, careful species selection, and the protection of the timber crop from fire and disease.
In the American Northwest, patch-cutting in forests allows for the natural regrowth of felled areas from a surrounding ring of untouched forest.
Forest use does not always have to be related to timber production. Forests can also be used in a sustainable way by providing a protection from erosion and pollution, as a wildlife refuge, for recreation, and for the abstraction of water. However, these various uses can sometimes lead to conflict. Can you see why?
Often there is the need to preserve natural resources for recreation but also to try to obtain the maximum yield from them. This can also lead to an overusage and pressure on a natural environment area. An example is Yosemite Park in California. Another example is Suriname where there is an increase in ecotourism in the tropical rainforests but there is more and more logging taking place in these pristine forests.



Sustainable development and resource management - geography all the way