Sustainable development in the developing world: an assessment
It has been seen through the preceding chapters of this book that the notion of sustainable development encompasses a wide range of concerns. These include the capacity of the planet to absorb the changes brought about by human activities and the substantially compromised development opportunities for many people in the world, particularly in the developing countries. From the investigation of the varied definitions and use of the term in Chapter 1, it was clear that there are different ‘interests’ in sustainable development and contested views of what should occur (the priorities for action and the nature of envisioned change) in future. As a result, the practice of sustainable development has to be understood as an inherently political and conflictual endeavour where
those with more power are often best able to influence outcomes in their favour (Peet and Watts, 2004; O’Riordan, 2000).