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In the last ten years, numerous reports, books, and papers have been written to explain what sustainable development is, why it is needed, and how it differs from other forms of development. However, much less has been said about how to move from an unsustainable to a sustainable state. This report is an attempt to address this issue.
The report is divided into three parts. Part I presents a brief primer on sustainable development--what the term stands for, where it comes from, and what we have learned about it. Part II discusses eight case studies taken from seven countries--he United States, West Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, China, and India--which illustrate different approaches to sustainable development. It explores the methods, problems, and potential involved in using the concept of sustainability as a tool for positive change in communities. Part III presents lessons and other experiences of nongovernmental organizations in building a model to structure future sustainable development initiatives.
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