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Forgotten Futures

Scientific Models vs. Local Visions of Land Use Change

The future is a central theme in the global agendas of sustainability science and sustainable development. After decades of short-term research and planning based on three- to five-year project budgeting plans or annual cropping cycles, scientists under Agenda 21: Programme of Action for Sustainable Development were mandated to shed light on sustainability's central question of 'preserving for future generations the same opportunities available to our generation' (World Commission on Environment and Development 1987: 8). One limitation of conventional development, and the underlying science, has been the discounting of long-term negative impacts on the environment of short-run human goals, behaviour, and policies. In contrast, sustainable development's future horizon for planning was projected to be minimally twenty to thirty years in the future, with an emphasis on 'action and social learning' involving the full participation of local communities. Under the sustainability vision, science and development could no longer proceed in their comfortable spatiotemporal frameworks but now had to deal head-on with future spaces inhabited by future generations.

Forgotten FuturesScientific Models vs. Local Visions of Land Use ChangeRobert E. Rhoades and Virginia NazareaThe future is a central theme in the global agendas of sustainability science and sustainable development. After decades of short-term resea
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