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Social development benefits of hydroelectricity CDM projects in Brazil
ByLuz Fernández, Candela de la Sota, José Celio Silveira Andrade, Julio Lumbreras and Javier Mazorra
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In the last 20 years, the concept of sustainable development (SD) has grown in recognition and importance, and numerous alternatives to the concept have been provided (Barkemeyer et al. 2014). Probably, the most widely stated definition of the concept is: development which ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ (WCED 1987). However, contest occurs in relation to what these core ideas actually ‘mean’.