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Using strategic sustainable development as an approach to conflict resolution
by Michal Bitterman, Viviana Lopez Velasco, Fiona Wright
Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal (PIE), Vol. 6, No. 3, 2009


Abstract: This paper is based on a master's thesis entitled 'A Bridge to Peace: Using Strategic Sustainable Development as an Approach to Conflict Resolution', arguing that taking a Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) approach to conflict resolution in areas of the world in long-term intractable conflict with intermittent violence could support an effective process and lasting outcome. SSD proposes a holistic systems perspective and decision-making framework for identifying causes and drivers of the conflict, and finding common ground internally and externally. The unbalanced dynamics between the fundaments of sustainability, a robust ecosystem and social fabric are the basis of unsustainable patterns which are often at the heart of conflicts. Socio-ecological unsustainability can be both a threat and an opportunity for social change. The thesis analyses the links between sustainability, SSD and conflict resolution work in areas of conflict as described, and proposes a set of guidelines for approaching conflict resolution with SSD.

Online publication date: Tue, 19-Jan-2010


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