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Institutions for Sustainable Development
Each year, the New Zealand government’s Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) invests over $60 million in research to advance sustainable development. The vast majority of this goes to research in the bio-physical sciences – understanding ecosystems and finding techniques to avoid, remedy and mitigate adverse effects on the environment.
Our first report from this research project (July 2004) explores some of the key concepts in economics, ecological sustainability, and social development, and how they come together in sustainable development. We will continue to explore these concepts as we proceed with our research, and would welcome feedback on our ideas. Download our report on Key Concepts in Sustainable Development.
Getting it done: our research team
Ecologic could not carry out this work alone. We have put together a team involving researchers from Landcare Research, the University of Helsinki in Finland, and two private researchers. These researchers collectively received about half of the project funding.
Getting the word out: our partners
Twelve business, government and non-government organisations have agreed to partner with us in this research. They will give us feedback on our methodology and preliminary results and, most importantly, help to disseminate our findings and promote institutional change in New Zealand to advance sustainable development.
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