Eco-restructuring for sustainable development involves the identification of shifts in technology and the changes in economic activities and lifestyles needed to harmonize human activities with natural systems. It is the study of current patterns in industrialization and the search for new sustainable patterns within and between the different sectors of activity. Eco-restructuring considers the state of each sector, the primary issues of sustainability for each sector, and the technical means for adjusting activity towards sustainability. Eco-restructuring is applicable in the fields of materials, energy technologies, futures, land use, transport, industry, ecological process engineering and agro-engineering. It has further application in biophysics, global eco-restructuring and technological change.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.