A System for Survival: GIS and Sustainable Development

Allan Falconer, Joyce Foresman

  • 出版商: ESRI Press
  • 定價: $330
  • 售價: 3.0$99
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 122
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 158948052X
  • ISBN-13: 9781589480520
  • 相關分類: 地理資訊系統 Gis

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"We have in recent years begun to view our planet as an oasis in the universe," writes Allan Falconer in his introduction to the relationship of the fundamental ideas and principles of sustainable development and geographic information systems, "a closed system with finite resources." Sustainable development-raising standards of living worldwide and maintaining them in ways that do not deplete resources or destroy habitat-is therefore a concept with broad appeal.

The issues and ideas surrounding this desire to both use and protect the earth, today and into the future, are based on contemporary science and international law, as well as the insights of philosophy and religion. The goal is to take action to build a sustainable world based on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.

Synthesizing the vast amounts of data being collected about natural resources, population, health, education, public safety, and more - all within highly accurate and specific geographic contexts - GIS can help people assess and understand their community and environment, and change policy and practice at all levels, from the individual to the international. A System for Survival: GIS and Sustainable Development describes examples of how GIS has been crucial in many democratic governance and civil liberty programs, and serves to help make people more aware of how geographic technologies can play a creative and constructive role as we deal with the monumental challenges humanity faces.

Includes contributions from Basanta Shrestha, Birendra Bajracharya, Sushil Pradhan, and Timothy W. Foresman.

 

Table of Contents:

Themes
Respect and care for the community of life
Ecological integrity
Social and economic justice
Democracy, nonviolence, and peace
Environmental pollution
Biodiversity
Climate change
Deforestation
Food production
Fresh water supply
Health and disease
Urbanization
Mountain development
Rural development
Poverty reduction
Methods and tools
GIS for beginners
Glossary
Bibliography