Visions of Sustainability
Stakeholders, Change and Indicators
This title was first published in 2000: Sustainable development has grown to compass cultural, socio-economic, political and environmental issues, and the use of Sustainability indicators (SIs) is seen by many as central to its implementation. After all, how can one ’do’ sustainable development unless one knows when it has been attained? The adoption of SIs in such a context is logical, but does present a number of practical difficulties. So far much of the published material consists of theoretical SI frameworks, with little practical experience on their use in development scenarios. In contrast, this volume is based on the results of a six year project designed to develop and evaluate the use of SLs in a Nigerian village. For the first time this takes into consideration the views and perspectives of the local population, and in doing so addresses key issues that are vital for anyone attempting to put sustainable development into practice.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Agricultural sustainability: a brief tour; Rationale and method; Eroke village; Some life histories; Production and consumption; Livelihood and leisure; Visions of sustainability; Appendices; References; Index.
’...finally answers the key question Can agriculture be measured?’ Oxfam’s Review of Journals