Abstract - Sustainable Development as a Macro-Regional Goal

Journal of Reviews on Global Economics

Sustainable Development as a Macro-Regional Goal
Donatella Porrini and Fabrizio Striani

DOI: https://doi.org/10.6000/1929-7092.2017.06.07

Published: 16 March 2017


Abstract: The idea of sustainable development emerged both from science and the environmental movement in the 70s and 80s of last century. Since then a lot was done in the field, sometimes without even naming it “sustainable development”, but a lot still remains to be done. In this paper we start from the consideration that sustainable development requires that we see our world as a system that connects space and any discussion today must first consider the enormous impacts that modern globalization trends are playing in shaping the economic geography of places, such as macro-regions. In the future, macro-regional development could be the most important platform for enhancing sustainability. The regional dimension is suitable for redefining the meaning of sustainable social, economic and environmental systems in a way which is practical and very close to the people and to the operative public decisions (Alkan Olsson et al. 2004). This paper is divided in different sections: the first is about the regional sustainable development concept and place-based approach; the second is about Local Agenda 21; the third about regional integration and developmental regionalism; the fourth is about regional sustainable development in practise and the European macro-regions; at the end some conclusive remarks concerns the macro-regional future strategies addressing sustainable development.

Keywords: Sustainability, regional integration, territorial development.


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