Definition Of Sustainable Development

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Singhal & Shrivastava (2004:331) has written that, “Interpretations of sustainable development vary in emphasis they give to the ecological, social and economic factors.” This emphasises the fact that for the attainment of sustainable development, the above three points should be joined. 2. Literature definitions of sustainability and sustainable development 2.1 Sustainable development: Definition 1: Sustainable development, as defined by the Brundland Commission (1987) is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Definition 2: Sustainable development is, “improving the quality of human life while living the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems” (Barrow, 2006:12). Definition 3: Singhal and Shrivastava (2004:330) defined sustainable development as, “a pattern of social and structural economic transformation which optimises the economic and social benefits available in the present, without jeopardising the likely potential for similar benefits in the future”. Definition 4: According to Strange and Bayley (2008:24), “sustainable development is a process of developing in a way that benefits the widest possible range of section, across borders and even between generations”. Definition 5: “By definition, sustainable development is development that takes the impact on the environment into account and tries to minimize environmental damage” (Susan Ward). In 1993, Mohan Munasinghe
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