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Title:The relationship between resilience and sustainable development of ecological-economic systems PDF Logo
Authors:Derissen, Sandra
Quaas, Martin
Baumgärtner, Stefan
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:University of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics 146
Abstract:Resilience as a descriptive concept gives insight into the dynamic properties of a system. Sustainability as a normative concept captures basic ideas of inter- and intragenerational justice. In this paper we specify the relationship between resilience and sustainable development. Based on an ecological-economic model where two natural capital stocks provide ecosystem services that are complements for human well-being, we derive conditions on the dynamics of the ecological-economic system and the sustainability criterion, such that a) resilience of the system in a given regime is both necessary and sufficient for sustainable development, b) resilience of the system in a given regime is sufficient, but not necessary, c) resilience of the system in a given regime is necessary, but not sufficient, and d) resilience of the system in a given regime is neither necessary nor sufficient for sustainable development. We conclude that more criteria than the resilience of the current state of the system have to be taken into account when designing policies for sustainable management of ecological-economic systems.
Subjects:Ecosystem resilience
sustainable development
management of ecological-economic systems
JEL:Q20
Q56
Q57
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Paper Series in Economics, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

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