The Sustainable Development Update (SDU) is a newsblog focusing on the links between ecology, society and the economy. It is produced by the independent non-profit organisation Albaeco in cooperation with the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in particular the Centre's Sida-financed Programme on resilience and development (SwedBio). SDU, which was launched in 2001 has since 2010 been transformed from a bimonthly newsletter into a continuously updated newsblog.
Why a newsblog on sustainable development?
We have ready access to information about the condition of most nations' economies, educational programs and health care systems. Comparable information on the status and management of ecosystems is often unavailable, despite their importance to social and economic development. But the situation is changing - development experts now recognise that the capacity of ecosystems to produce goods and services, like food and clean water, is crucial to human well-being and ultimately influences the development potential of nations. When this ecological capacity is diminished, human societies suffer from effects such as soil erosion, floods and crop failures.
As a consequence, decreased ecosystem health can have grave implications for human livelihood, food security, conflicts, and even democracy. Often the poor, who depend more directly on forests, fisheries, and agriculture, are most affected. Biological diversity is the very foundation in this respect. It makes it possible for ecosystems to supply goods and services and respond to disruptions and changes. Both natural changes and those caused by human activity.
Sustainable development is not exclusively an ecological, economic, or social issue. It is a combination of all three. Therefore, this news blog focuses on the latest transdisciplinary research where ecologists team with social scientists, policymakers and managers to understand how ecological systems that contain humans as an essential component really work. Moreover, the Sustainable Development Update describes the latest insights about how social institutions influence the use and enjoyment of nature's resources and services.
From newsletter to newsblog
SDU was launched already in 2001, but from 2010 it has a new format - a way of adapting the newsletter to the new ways people use the Internet today. The new format means that the SDU has been transformed from a bimonthly newsletter to a continuously updated newsblog (but of course with the possibility to subscribe to monthly email updates). This is a natural next step to make SDU more in tune with current web development while also benefiting more from "Web 2.0 functions", like twitter feeds, Youtube channels and blog posts. We hope you like it!
/Albert Norström and Fredrik Moberg, Editors