Studies in Modelling and Decision Support
Edited by M. A. Quaddus and M. A.B. Siddique
Chapter 15: Future Directions on Sustainable Development Planning Using DSS Tools
M.A.B. Siddique and M.A. Quaddus Introduction With the publication of The Limits to Growth in 1972, Our Common Future in 1987, and The Agenda 21 in 1993, model-based systems have continued to play an important role in sustainable development planning. However, very few attempts have been made in the past to publish a book containing articles in this increasingly important area. Although fragmented applications of these model-based systems in sustainable development planning have appeared in the literature, we strongly believe that many more have not been reported. This book is a modest attempt to publish the contributions from the scholars who have dedicated their research efforts to model-based systems in sustainable development planning. Methodology In our call for chapters on speciﬁed topics we went through various e-mail lists. Personal invitations were also sent to target authors. All the chapters received from the contributors were assessed by independent reviewers. Their reports were then sent to the authors to include changes on the basis of comments made by the assessors. The ﬁnal versions of the chapters have been edited and included in this volume. Research categories The chapters thus compiled are classiﬁed under three main categories following the structure of the handbook. The ﬁrst category examines the nature and the dimensions of sustainable development and model-based systems for sustainable development planning. The second category deals with the application of such systems in the following important areas: environmental management, mining, energy management, land and water management, agriculture, aquaculture and infrastructure. The...
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