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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 3714-3720; doi:10.3390/su7043714

Sustainability in China: Bridging Global Knowledge with Local Action

1,2,* and 3,4
1
Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China
2
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), 14467 Potsdam, Germany
3
The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce (IHK), 14467 Potsdam, Germany
4
Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production, Technische Universität Braunschweig, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 18 March 2015 / Revised: 26 March 2015 / Accepted: 26 March 2015 / Published: 30 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in China: Bridging Global Knowledge with Local Action)
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Abstract

As the biggest emerging and developing country, and the second largest economy on the planet, China’s road to sustainability has attracted global attention; therefore, we need to have a deeper understanding to address this issue at very different levels. This editorial mainly reviews the contributions of the published papers in the Special Issue of “Sustainability in China: Bridging Global Knowledge with Local Action”, the main findings in this special edition suggest that the concept of sustainability is more comprehensive and complex, and the transformation process from scientific knowledge to local action still has a long way to go, not only in China, but also in many developing countries. More research on the fundamental and innovative processes of sustainable transformations should be conducted. China needs to make more efforts to strengthen its road to sustainability, by merging all relevant types of knowledge, both within and outside science, as well as locally and globally.As the biggest emerging and developing country, and the second largest economy on the planet, China's road to sustainability has attracted global attention; therefore, we need to have a deeper understanding to address this issue at very different levels. This editorial mainly reviews the contributions of the published papers in the Special Issue of "Sustainability in China: Bridging Global Knowledge with Local Action", the main findings in this special edition suggest that the concept of sustainability is more comprehensive and complex, and the transformation process from scientific knowledge to local action still has a long way to go, not only in China, but also in many developing countries. More research on the fundamental and innovative processes of sustainable transformations should be conducted. China needs to make more efforts to strengthen its road to sustainability, by merging all relevant types of knowledge, both within and outside science, as well as locally and globally. View Full-Text
Keywords: human-natural complex system; sustainability governance; sustainable transformation; China human-natural complex system; sustainability governance; sustainable transformation; China
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Xue, B.; Tobias, M. Sustainability in China: Bridging Global Knowledge with Local Action. Sustainability 2015, 7, 3714-3720.

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