The journal's range of themes encompasses ecological studies, field research, empirical work and descriptive analyses on topics such as:
- environmental systems,
- environmental policies and politics,
- environmental legislation
- environmental impact assessment
- water and energy related issues
- sustainable development approaches and methods
Moreover, others matters related to or which influence the international debate on sustainability will be considered by the journal.
'Environment and Sustainable Development' intends to act as an outlet for papers dealing with the above issues in an interdisciplinary way. Specifically, the journal shall report on initiatives involving environmental improvements in developing and industrialised nations, disseminate case studies, projects and programmes and report on the findings of studies and research on environment and sustainable development. The journal will also foster information exchange with respect to pilot projects on transport, recycling, waste management and analysis of legislation and appraisals of the impacts of regulations, among other topics. Moreover it will serve as a vehicle for the documentation and dissemination of what government bodies, research agencies, international bodies, universities and aid agencies are doing to pursue the path of sustainable development.
The journal is published by Inderscience, in conjunction with the UN Environment Programme.
Associated Organisations: UNESCO, Paris (France), UN Environment Programme, Nairobi (Kenya)
The issue of environment and sustainable development is a complex one. Often environmental and development matters are intertwined and a holistic understanding of them is necessary to achieve long-term progress.
Current journals focus either on environmental matters per se or on general sustainability issues. There are no specific fully-refereed outlets to date, to disseminate the broad body of work and knowledge currently available on sustainability in a developing country context. 'Environment and Sustainable Development' is therefore the first scholarly publication to specifically address the need for analysis of environment and sustainable development matters. 'Environment and Sustainable Development' will offer:
- papers: scientific descriptions of projects,
- experiments or pilot projects dealing with environment and sustainability-related issues;
- articles: short texts outlining approaches, methods or case studies in which approaches to environment and sustainability are described;
- book reviews: describing recent publications on the topic and on related matters.
- news: items,
- events and announcements of general interest to all readers.
A balanced provision of information on matters of regional and international relevance will be provided
The journal will of special interest to researchers, workers at international agencies, university staff and consultants working on environmental matters and interested in sustainability issues.
In addition, staff working at ecological stations, involved in the management of environment and development projects or in charge of environment programmes at the institutional level will find the journal of interest. Students taking courses in economics, environmental issues and international development are also among the groups the journal intends to reach.
Materials particularly suitable for 'Environment and Sustainable Development' will deal with one or more of the following contents:
- global environmental issues
- Agenda 21
- energy, water, recycling, waste management