The following point came up in some discussions this morning;
“Developing countries need to address multiple levels of basic human needs before they can really be able to get a good handle on the sustainable development aspect of things.”
The question here is how much they need to do before moving to SD efforts? And where do you draw the line before you start SD?
It is of concern that the external global pressures are forcing developing countries to deal with SD issues before even achieving the basic level of needs for their people! The underlying issue I believe is the support of unsatisfied people is not possible, and SD is really dependent on the contribution of all. For example, Part of the discussion this morning touched upon the Eco tourism ( Jordan example ) and the feeling was more that it is far from being started given the economical state and the “needs vs. means” of the population … this does not seem to be the case ! looks like the initiative is going on and the realization of the fragile resource is seen. This is a link to the Middle East Economic Engineering Forum(http://www.eng-forum.com/ecotourism/speakers.htm)which hosted a conference on Eco tourism. An interesting direction to SD efforts when the poverty and over-population of the country is very high! Any thoughts?