Handbook of Sustainable Development Planning
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Handbook of Sustainable Development Planning

Studies in Modelling and Decision Support, Second Edition

Edited by M. A. Quaddus and M. A.B. Siddique

The thoroughly revised second edition of this authoritative Handbook, complete with new chapters, comprehensively examines the current status and future directions of model-based systems in decision support and their application to sustainable development planning.
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Chapter 8: Hierarchical framework for evaluating mine projects for sustainability: a case study from India

M.A. Quaddus and Kampan Mukherjee


Sustainability and sustainable development have been the most sought-after policy objective for planners at the regional, national and international level in the last decade. Although there are several hundred definitions of sustainable development (Sun, 2000), the most common definition portrays it as the process of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability to meet those of the future (WCED, 1987; Sun, 2000). Literature suggests that sustainable planning is typically undertaken by the top-level planners at the macro level. However, at the micro level (project etc.) sustainable planning is viewed as the process of interrelated decision-making that explicitly considers the sustainability decision criteria (van Pelt, 1993; McDaniels, 1994; Milne, 1996; Madu, 1999; Quaddus and Siddique, 2001). Various approaches are available to model micro-level sustainable planning, such as project appraisal.

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