Within our theme "sustaining resources for the present and future", this conference explored the fundamental question of how to sustain current development without stripping the resources that the future need, including biological resources, mineral resources, as well as a well-functioning ecosystem. How could the academic progress in sustainable development be translated into a workable plan for action through a dialogue between scholars and stakeholders? This conference aimed to create such an exchange opportunity among conference attendees, decision makers, policymakers, and private sectors.
This conference explored the challenges and opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle the resources to realise a sustainable present and future. At the same time, the conference examined the possible mechanisms through which global society could work together to realise sustainable development.
We invited contributions on the resource-oriented researches, ranging from investigation of resource utilisation patterns in the continued developing world and its impacts on the Earth natural and socioeconomic systems to creative solutions to the problems induced by resource utilisation of the growing global population. This conference served as an open forum for diverse intellectual discourse on these topics, focused on identifying practical guidelines toward a sustainable future on the local, regional, and global scale.