Local Sustainable Development and Global Challenges: Exploring Spaces and Scales of Sustainability

 Sustainable Development and Global Challenge


..  Russian Federation/Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin


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This international conference explores sustainable development initiatives at the local and regional levels and how these relate to national and global processes. Although there is general support for the ideal of sustainability, visions of sustainable development can differ significantly at local, regional, national, and global scales. That which is good for the local community does not necessarily contribute to global sustainability, and global challenges such as climate change, falling biodiversity, and inequality of opportunity are not necessarily the most pressing concerns locally. How should community-level sustainable development initiatives be practiced, and who should practice them? To what degree should local and regional decision-makers prioritise the sustainability of their own communities? How can the often-competing needs of local and global, short-term and long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability be balanced when a variety of governmental and non-gov