Environmental management in organizations: Is ISO 14001 implementation growing fast enough to improve environmental conditions in the metropolitan areas of developing countries?

Herlander Mata-Lima, Flaviana Silva, Andreilcy Alvino-Borba, José António Almeida

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Abstract

Effective land use planning and management requires extensive knowledge of the three subsystems that constitute the natural world-the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the lithosphere (Gernuks, Buchgeister, & Schebek, 2007; Lima, 2004; Marazza, Bandini, & Contin, 2010). When analysis of these subsystems is combined with an understanding of an area's evolution in regard to demotechnic growth-the exponential increase in resource consumption driven by population growth and increased use of technology-it is possible to diagnose a region's situation. This diagnosis should be based on a holistic analysis combining both socioeconomic and environmental data in order to reduce uncertainty when making decisions pertaining to land use as a territory is developed. Vehicular traffic, industrial activity, and urban growth are among the main contributors to environmental degradation (Hughey, Cullen, Kerr, & Cook, 2004) and to socioeconomic stress and degradation. In turn, such degradation compromises the aims of sustainable development, which, as highlighted by Palmer et al. (2005), represents "... meeting human needs while conserving the Earth's life support systems and reducing hunger and poverty" (Palmer etal., 2005, p. 5).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-77
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironmental Quality Management
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

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