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Title: Sustainability and Asia
Authors: van Dongen, Els
Liu, Hong
Keywords: Sustainability
Sustainable Development
Issue Date: 2015
Source: van Dongen, E., & Liu, H. (2015). Sustainability and Asia. Nature and Culture, 10(1), 1-11. doi:10.3167/nc.2015.100101
Series/Report no.: Nature and Culture
Abstract: What is the added value of investigating the contested concept of “sustainability” in tandem with the geographical marker of “Asia” in today’s world? To answer this question, we need to return to the formulation of the problematique of “sustainability” and “sustainable development” several decades ago. The Our Common Future report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED)—also known as the Brundtland Commission—put forward the most commonly recognized and most frequently used definition of “sustainable development” (SD) in 1987.1 Development could be made sustainable, so the report stated, “to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED 1987: 15). The report further proclaimed that there were limits to development, but that improvements in technology and social development could “make way for a new era of economic growth” (ibid.).
ISSN: 1558-6073
DOI: 10.3167/nc.2015.100101
Schools: School of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Rights: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published inNature and Culture. The definitive publisher-authenticated version van Dongen, E., & Liu, H. (2015). Sustainability and Asia. Nature and Culture, 10(1), 1-11 is available online at:
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