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date: 20 October 2021

sustainable development 

Source:
A Dictionary of Human Geography
Author(s):

Alisdair Rogers,

Noel Castree,

Rob Kitchin

The human exploitation of *natural resources that balances economic growth, environmental *sustainability, and social equity from the present and into the long-term future. Until the 1980s, it was commonly supposed that economic and environmental aims were intrinsically opposed. The former required resource exploitation and the inevitable side effects of waste and pollution, resulting in the depletion of natural systems. But, organized around a series of international conferences and agreements, the proposition took hold that the two aims could be reconciled and combined with social objectives if the appropriate steps were followed. Although there is no consensus on the exact meaning of sustainable development, it generally indicates a balance between three sets of goals: biological systems, their genetic diversity (... ...

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