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Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 1388-1411; doi:10.3390/su1041388
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Sustainability between Necessity, Contingency and Impossibility

School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Box 700, Gothenburg, SE-40530, Sweden
Received: 3 November 2009 / Accepted: 7 December 2009 / Published: 16 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability: An Impossible Future?)
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Abstract

Sustainable use of natural resources seems necessary to maintain functions and services of eco- and social systems in the long run. Efforts in policy and science for sustainable development have shown the splintering of local, national and global strategies. Sustainability becomes contingent and insecure with the actors´ conflicting knowledge, interests and aims, and seems even impossible through the “rebound”-effect. To make short and long term requirements of sustainability coherent requires critical, comparative and theoretical analysis of the problems met. For this purpose important concepts and theories are discussed in this review of recent interdisciplinary literature about resource management.
Keywords: sustainability; sustainable development; natural resource management; nature-society interrelations; interdisciplinary frameworks; transdisciplinarity; ecological distribution conflicts; rebound effect sustainability; sustainable development; natural resource management; nature-society interrelations; interdisciplinary frameworks; transdisciplinarity; ecological distribution conflicts; rebound effect
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