At the end of 2010 the book "Sustainable Desenvolupament" was released. This book was published under the imprint of the URV and sponsored by the D DOW/URV Chair of Sustainable Development . Its authors are Josep Oliveras and Òscar Saladié, both professors in the Department of Geography at the University Rovira i Virgili. Dr. Oliveres was the Director of the DOW/URV Chair of Sustainable Development between 2005 and 2009 while the writer of these lines has been a partner since 2007 and acting director since 2012.
This publication is the culmination of five years of research on sustainability issues carried out by the different partners of the DOW/URV Chair of Sustainable Development. The goal has been to provide a reference text for the university community, a manual that would serve to understand why our world needs sustainable development. The book provides a wealth of data and a lot of graphic information.
MOUDS (University of Sustainable Development Modules) publications began within the framework of this project. MOUDS offers the inherent flexibility of the digital format, an additional service to users of the book as to those who, for whatever reason, have not been able to acquire it, especially for teachers and students who take courses related to development sustainable. This project has been led by Dr. Enric Aguilar, Professor of the Department of Geography and director of URV DOW/URV Chair of Sustainable Development between 2009 and 2012.
There is access from the web site of the DOW/URV Chair of Sustainable Development to the contents of the various chapters of the book, which are available in digital format. In some cases they have been extended by experts in each of the topics addressed, the figures and statistical sources updated and also interactive elements and activities incorporated, they allow the expansion of content and the assessment of their achievement by users. MOUDS also aims the content originally in Catalan to be available in Castilian and English with the intention of reaching a wider audience.
The collection debuted with the module "World Population and Sustainable Development", coordinated by Dr. Joan Alberich, Professor of the Department of Geography, he is an expert in demography. Currently, a total of 6 modules are available in Catalan, along with a link that allows access to updated figures, as well as sustainable habits survey conducted from the DOW/URV Chair of Sustainable Development.
We hope this tool will be useful.
Dr. Òscar Saladié
Director of the DOW/URV Chair of Sustainable Development.