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Title: Environmental planning, environmental management and sustainability
Authors: Mallia, Adrian
Briguglio, Marie
Gauci, Vince
Keywords: Environmental monitoring -- Malta
Sustainable development -- Malta
City planning -- Malta
Coastal zone management -- Malta
Economic development -- Malta
Issue Date: 2002-08
Publisher: Ministry for Home Affairs and Environment
Citation: Briguglio, M., Gauci, V., & Mallia, A. (2002). Environmental planning, environmental management and sustainability. In: Axiak, V., Gauci, V., Mallia, A., Mallia, E., Schembri, P. J., Vella, A. J., & Vella, L. (Eds.), State of the environment report for Malta 2002 (pp. 3-37). Malta: Ministry for Home Affairs and Environment.
Abstract: Environmental management deals with a number of aspects but at its core lies humankind’s interaction with, and intervention on, the life support systems. Our ability to manage the environment in a sustainable manner depends on our understanding of the various components of the earth-air-water-life system and of the interactions and mechanisms that make it work. Environmental management is not only to do with environmental protection; it has more to do with sustainable resource use. Paramount concern in environmental management is to maintain the earth as a suitable place for human beings to live in for the foreseeable future. This is what most people mean by sustainability. However, comprehensive human well-being is dependent on maintaining a sustainable balance throughout the whole environment, for humans are an integral part of the single life-support system. The weight given in environmental management to specifically human needs as against the “rights” of other organisms is an important ethical and theological question. However, man’s capability of inflicting immense harm to most other organisms and to the environment in general through chemical and mechanical means, underlines the importance of controlling and managing human activities.
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