It is claimed there are about 500 definitions of sustainability, but in truth there are probably many more. The simplest, most understandable definition, is that proposed in the Brundtland Report:

Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable - to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Our Common Future - Report of the 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development

This is echoed in the UK Government's interpretation of sustainable development:

a better quality of life for everyone now and in the future

Chief Secretary, Andrew Smith MP, at the Sera Seminar, 13 May 2002

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Rain forest

Sustainability and sustainable development differ:

  • sustainability is the desirable state of affairs we wish to achieve, and
  • sustainable development is the route we take to sustainability.

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Integrated Modelling for Strategic Planning

Strategic planning for sustainability requires complex systems to be modelled.

Because of this complexity, it is unrealistic to develop new and comprehensive models for each of the numerous possible situations likely to be encountered. Many models already exist ...

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