The law of sustainable development: general principles

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Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2000 - Business & Economics - 145 pages
The European Union action plan "Towards sustainability", grew in parallel with the initiative of the United Nations which culminated in the Rio declaration and the Agenda 21. With time, though, it has been realised that the goals are more difficult to achieve than anticipated. The social problems that must be solved by sustainable development cannot afford to wait for the usual slow pace of science. For that reason, politicians, legislators and the judiciary are in the front line because they are the first to assess the facts and they are the necessary administrators of the problems faced. The report establishes some basic principles of sustainable development as: the principle of public environmental order; the principle of sustainability; the principle of carrying capacity; the principle of the obligatory restoration of disturbed ecosystems; the principle of biodiversity; principle of common natural heritage; the principle of the mild development of fragile ecosystems; the principle of spatial planning; the principle of cultural heritage; the principle of the sustainable urban environment; the principle of the aesthetic value of nature; and principle of environmental awareness

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Contents

Foreword by Jacques Santer
7
The Legal Theory of Sustainable Development
38
The Environment and Progress The Current Philosophy
53
Bibliographical Notes
143
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