Sustainability Development

Sustainability development is a guiding principle for addressing development goals in the ecological, economic, social and cultural arenas. It refers to the use of knowledge and innovation to harness the benefits provided by the natural systems and environmental processes and to minimize the negative environmental, economic, and social impacts. The term is also used to refer to the set of practices and strategies that are needed to create a just environment for human society, the world’s ecosystems, and nature in general. This principle is incorporated in numerous intergovernmental organization (IGO) and international working groups dedicated to achieving sustainable development.

The IGI uses the term sustainable to describe the practices that it promotes as a guide to effective decision making. It also advocates the adoption of strategies that build on the principles of sustainable development and the use of eco-friendly, environmental productive capacity. These include efficient use of non-green energy, recycling, and protection of the environment. The IGI believes that these practices and strategies should be adopted at all levels of society, from individuals to national, regional, and global levels. The organization further calls for the diversification of the existing stock of environmental technologies, knowledge and skills, and social and economic structures to build a just, sustainable and ecologically sound society and economy.

The IGI believes that the key to sustainable community development process is improving the management of natural systems. They propose to create a «sustainable village» model with inclusive participation of local people, government, and society to improve the ecological conditions, economic conditions, social services, and quality of life. The IGI proposes five sustainable practices for the IGI program. These include energy and climate change adaptation; food and nutrition; natural and building resources; water and waste management; and transportation and mobility. The IGI also advocates a system for technology transfer and innovation, promoting the practice of integrated development at both the local and national level.

The sustainability practices of the IGI include the following areas: the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, use of renewable and non-traditional sources of energy and materials, improved energy efficiency, and increased use of solid waste. The sustainable development of the economy requires a coordinated effort at all levels, from individual actions at the household level to systemic changes at the community, national, regional, and global levels. In this regard, the IGI supports localized solutions to environmental and other resource problems through improved public services, better use of recycled resources, and an increased focus on a healthy and sustainable food and product market. The IGI also advocates improved financial management, including creation of a sustainable development fund and effective enforcement of environmental laws.

The IGI’s sustainable development practices and models for the community development process are included in the IGI’s Alternative Future Needs Assessment (AFADA). The full assessment is a multidisciplinary effort involving an international team of experts, including people from various sectors such as: development practitioners, researchers, statisticians, engineers, and urban planners. The purpose of the assessment is to develop a shared understanding of the current and future needs of the global community, in light of both long-term and short-term environmental issues. The IGI began conducting its own sustainability investigations in 2000 and has developed a set of sustainability targets, policies, and benchmarks.

As part of the sustainability planning process, the IGI divides the community into four key categories. The first, the Local Sustainable Environment Strategies (LSES), is focused on the broadest possible range of sustainable activities. This involves everything from recycling and public transportation to rethinking land use and planning for natural, living systems, to implementing innovations in the science of sustainability. The Local Strategies also consider the wider regional perspectives represented by the metropolitan, regional, national, and global LSEs. These strategies focus on a list of specific and quantifiable goals and objectives. The final category, the Global Sustainable Environment Strategies (G SEs), identifies the more remote environmental concerns and policies of a country or region.

Another aspect of the development focuses on the use of energy sources in the planning, implementation, and regulation of public services. In the United States, this includes the development of new and advanced technology for producing energy, as well as a variety of methods for using existing power sources more efficiently. For instance, the use of biomass as a source of renewable energy has been a principal objective of the development since the mid-nineties. Biofuels offer a clean and carbon-efficient alternative to fossil fuels, making them a key part of the efforts to strengthen the nation’s energy security.

The IGI’s sustainable development work program also considers the interaction of people and the environment. This effort recognizes that environmental quality can affect the quality and human needs of all individuals and communities, affecting their quality of life and the sustainability of the ecosystems in which they live. The development of sustainable neighborhoods and communities offers a unique opportunity for addressing these issues, with a focus on the reduction of negative environmental impact, as well as on the improvement of the economic, social, and cultural conditions of local residents. In doing so, it can play a vital role in addressing some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. These efforts build on IGI’s long track record of community development and social engagement and have been proven through numerous studies, from the Worldwatch Institute to the Stockholm Environment Institute, as an important means of reducing poverty, improving community well-being, and reducing environmental impact.

Sustainable Development and Its Components

Sustainability development is a guiding principle for addressing human development objectives while simultaneously ensuring the capacity of the ecosystems and natural systems to supply the essential ecosystem and environment services upon which the society and economy depend. It integrates development with the entire life experience, making it a lived concept that becomes a part of everyday life. The sustainability process also involves the creation of a global community of sustainable development leaders. These leaders work in collaboration with local, regional, and global partners to implement and maintain a sustainable development vision for development practices, policies, and objectives.

There are various approaches to sustainable development. A sustainable development strategy is a set of strategies and initiatives to enhance sustainability. These strategies may be developed based on socio-economic, economic, social and environmental needs. This is the key to developing a sustainable development model that can be applied globally and on a long-term basis.

In practice, sustainable development processes integrate the three components of development: human development, environment and economy. Human development refers to the ability and the time frame to undertake activities that contribute to economic growth and the well-being of people. The focus on human development has been growing and is now recognized as a primary element of sustainable development. The need for sustainable development in the context of these processes is imperative in terms of implementation.

Environment plays a crucial role in enhancing the human condition and in ensuring the sustainability of the society and the economy. Environmental programs and activities must be developed to ensure that the human development process takes place in an environmentally appropriate way. The implementation of an environmental program is part of the development strategy.

Creating a sustainable development approach that is inclusive of all three elements, as well as an integrated approach to employment generation, poverty and income distribution, will go a long way to assure that this type of development delivers what is desired. Stabilizing the environments, protecting ecosystems and promoting biodiversity are two elements that come hand in hand with sustainable development. The need for effective management and control over natural environments is unavoidable in today’s world. Strategies and plans must be put in place to protect the ecosystems and promote biodiversity. These must be coupled with economic and social strategies that address issues such as wealth creation, employment generation and consumption.

Stabilizing the environments and promoting the biodiversity of the planet cannot be done effectively if we only address one aspect at a time. Developing sustainable development must be viewed from three perspectives – individual, community and the whole planet. Within each of these perspectives, different approaches to sustainable development must be attempted. Developing sustainable individual and family economic strategies that work for the people closest to them is the most important. Community wise strategies that work for the entire community or the wider region are also important. The overall approach, though, must incorporate all aspects of a sustainable development approach.

Another aspect of sustainability development that must be examined is that of the relationship between environmental management and economic development. While both are intertwined in some ways, they do not simply go together. The growth of a country, its economy and population are closely connected, but they also have their own separate goals. Economic development does not necessarily support the goal of environmental management, nor can the two goals to be viewed as mutually exclusive.

Environmentally sustainable development, on the other hand, works towards protecting the environment for future generations. It works to minimize the impact of human activities on the environment while preparing for the inevitable effects of climate change and ensuring that current resources are used efficiently. Sustainability development entails a multifaceted approach that takes into account the multiple factors that affect an environment and work towards achieving synergies that create a sense of balance and equilibrium within the eco-system. A multifaceted and integrated sustainable development strategy thus plays a critical role in the achievement of the development goals.