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Type: Conference paper
Title: A systems thinking approach to identify leverage points for sustainability: a case study in the Cat Ba biosphere reserve, Vietnam
Author: Nguyen, N.
Bosch, O.
Citation: Proceedings of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 2012 Conference, 15-20 July 2012, San Jose, CA, USA.
Publisher: International Society for the Systems Sciences Business
Issue Date: 2012
Conference Name: International Society for the Systems Sciences Conference (56th : 2012 : San Jose, USA)
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Ockie J.H. Bosch and Nam C. Nguyen
Abstract: The nature and practice of sustainability is very complex, multi-dimensional and dynamic. Traditional and reductionist approaches have shown their inability to address sustainability issues. Increasing complex issues and challenges related to sustainability requires a fresh approach to address the multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary nature of complexity. In this paper, systems thinking is used in a case study in a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve to demonstrate its application to effectively address complex and sustainability issues. A systems model has been developed and various tools, processes and techniques of systems thinking have been used in the study. The systems model and its associated systems archetypes are qualitatively analysed to provide insights into potential system behaviours and to facilitate the identification of leverage points and systemic intervention strategies that are required for the sustainable development of the Biosphere. The unique approach used in this study has significant potential to apply globally considering the comprehensive network of Biosphere Reserves around the world, as well as the various sustainability and other complex issues that our society is facing.
Keywords: systems thinking; systems archetypes; leverage points; sustainable development; complex problems
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030000642
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