PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2003, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (1): 11-21.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2003.01.002

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The International Progress of Sustainable Development Research:A Comparison of Vulnerability Analysis and the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach

Martha GRoberts1, YANG Guo-an2   

  1. 1. Environment Sciences Department of Stanford University, Stanford 94309, USA;
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2002-12-01 Revised:2002-12-01 Online:2003-01-25 Published:2003-01-25

Abstract: Since The Brundtland Commission formally put forward the concept of sustainable development in their famous book Our Common Future, the global community has paid great attention to the principles of sustainable developmentHowever, the implementation of sustainable development is still difficult even today, because of its essential complexity Therefore, many research tools for sustainable development have emerged in the past two decadesAmong them are the Sustainable Livelihoods (SL) Approach and Vulnerability Analysis Approach, two analytical tools that can inform sustainable development proposalsThe first focuses on poverty alleviation and the second on mitigation of risks to shocks and stressesThis paper explores the role of these two frameworks in development planning and describes where they intersect and where they differThe first section describes and compares the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of each approach.

Key words: Comparison, Sustainable development, Sustainable livelihoods (SL), Vulnerability analysis

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