Sustainable development

Posted: 23 May 2002

Sustainable development has as many definitions as subscribers. In essence, it refers to economic development that meets the needs of all without leaving future generations with fewer natural resources than those we enjoy today. It is widely accepted that achieving sustainable development requires balance between three dimensions of complementary change:

  • Economic (towards sustainable patterns of production and consumption)

  • Ecological (towards maintenance and restoration of healthy ecosystems)

  • Social (towards poverty eradication and sustainable livelihoods)