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Definition of Sustainable Development


Sustainable Development refers to development that can be extended or maintained for an indefinite period of time.

To put it in a better way, here is a definition by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). WCDE defines sustainable development as a development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

Sustainable development stands on three main pillars? Social, Economic and Environmental. In other words, sustainable social development, economic development and environmental development is what we need for development that is not short lived but is long lasting.

Elaborating on the three pillars of sustainable development, social development refers to changes that are beneficial to the society. It refers to a continuous process that evolves the society leading to its present as well as future growth.
Economic development refers to the growth in the country in terms of literacy, life expectancy, poverty, etc. Again something that leads the society to betterment.
Environment development as we all know refers to the process of preserving and protecting the natural resources. This in turn not only gives us present benefits, but also maintains the environment for future well being.

We can say that the process of sustainable development seeks to find a balance between the various resources and resource utilization so as to ensure that neither of the two suffers a setback. It refers to the never ending use of resources in the right way and the right amount so that they are always available. And, the use of these resources leads to development.

A fine example of sustainable development is the sustainable development of forests. Sustainable forest development aims at maintaining a balance between the demand of the various forest products in the market and at the same time, preserving the forests. This includes various steps like reforestation, secondary growth of forests and other such measures. Such steps ensure that there is never a shortage in meeting the demand of forest products. At the same time, they make sure that proper measures are taken to sustain the forest resources for development in future.

There are various organizations that have developed different Sustainable Development Indices to measure sustainability. They have also listed a number of areas that come under sustainable development.

The United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, for instance, lists a number of areas that they feel come under the scope of sustainable development. Some of these include agriculture, atmosphere, education and awareness, forests, health, poverty, sanitation, technology, water and many more.



 

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