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Friday, October 5th, 2007

GIS (Geographical Information Systems) as a Basis for Sustainable

South Africa adheres to global Sustainable Development initiatives, and acknowledges through its 2006 draft publication A Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in South Africa (NFSD) that the Government through various Acts has a legally binding obligation to take responsibility for the environment, the economy and society. In applying these principles as an emerging nation, South

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Model inventory

A number of 20 modelling tools are described in so-called ‘standardised model descriptions. The models described in this manner have been selected based both on the primary model foci and lack of coverage in former model reviews at the EEA. These templates are based on information available in reports or other publicly available documentation. (Download

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Participatory scenarios at the policy-science interface: A suitable tool for long-term strategies?

Our environment is changing at faster speed than ever. Decision-making has become far more complex and uncertain since socio-economic developments are no longer as stable and predictable as in the past. At the same time, many of today’s adressing policy problems are of long-term nature, for example climate change or the ageing of societies in

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

The new Gotthard rail link

AlpTransit Gotthard is creating a flat rail link for future travel through the Alps. At the heart of the new transalpine rail route is Gotthard Base Tunnel. With a length of 57 km, the world’s longest tunnel should become operational at the end of 2016. This pioneering achievement of the 21st century will bring major

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Estonian National Strategy on Sustainable Development (SE21)

Estonian National Strategy on Sustainable Development (SE21) is an integral and clearly on the sustainability focused conception for the long-term development of the Estonian state and society until the year 2030. General development principle of the country is “to integrate the requirement to be successful in global competition with a sustainable development model and preservation

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

OECD Roundtable on Sustainable Development: Biofuels

Biofuels have been championed as an energy source that can increase security of supply, reduce vehicle emissions and provide a new income stream for farmers. These claims are contested, however. Critics assert that biofuels will increase energy-price volatility, food prices and even life-cycle emissions of greenhouse gases. This paper presents salient facts and figures to

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Sustainable Development in Germany

In April 2002, the German Federal Government published its national strategy for sustainable development, entitled “Perspektiven für Deutschland” (Perspectives for Germany). The strategy’s core element consists of 21 indicators. The purpose of the indicators is to monitor the sustainability of the economy, the environment and the society. The first progress report was published in 2004.

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

A Public Transport System Based Sensor Network

A well maintained road network is a must for the economic development and the well being of people in any country. Unfortunately, most developing countries do not poses such road networks. While the lack of funds is mainly to blame for not building new road networks and maintaining the existing ones the lack of proper

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Low Carbon Transport Innovation Strategy

Low Carbon Transport Innovation Strategy – UK The Strategy, which we are publishing alongside the Government’s Energy White Paper, sets out a comprehensive approach to incentivising new technology development in the transport sector, building on the findings of recent work such as the Stern Review. It highlights the wide range of technologies which can contribute

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Ethics and GIS: The Practitioner’s Dilemma

This is a background paper for a workshop on ethics and GI/GIS to be held at the AGI Conference 2004 in London, UK. The workshop format begins with a brief overview of ethics and introduction to the use of ethical ‘case studies’, followed by a small group discussion period, during which previously prepared GI/GIS case

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