Page 2: Sustainable Development
The latter part of the twentieth century saw an increasing concern for the environment. The concept of sustainable development (as defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987) is: "evelopment that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
There are many views about the nature of sustainability. In its simplest form it is about ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for future generations. To achieve this, sustainable development is concerned with achieving economic growth alongside the protection of the environment and also at the same time making sure that these economic and environmental benefits are available to everyone. These three aspects - economic, environmental and social form the basis of the sustainable development concept.