Sustainable Development Definition

Since being introduced in the Brundtland report in 1987, sustainable development has been acknowledged as one of the most important issues of our time. However, broad consensus regarding how the concept should be defined and the relation between different dimensions needed for a sustainable development is yet to be achieved.

For the sake of our project, we believe that sustainable development is a process based on equity and equality, to create and hand down a society that enhances a good quality of life, in which economy is just used as a mean to accomplish this. All actions are confined on the limitations provided by ecological boundaries.

This way of visioning sustainable development have guided our work with the scenarios since all three of them must meet the demands in the definition in order to be sustainable. When evaluating the scenarios, a number of conditions which contribute to a good quality of life have been considered.

  • A long and healthy life; can be measured by the Life Expectancy rate in Human Development Index (HDI).
  • Knowledge level; can be measured by the Education Level in HDI.
  • A decent standard of living; can be measured by the Nutrition level, 2100 kcal/day.
  • An equal society; can be measured by the Gini Coefficient.
  • Good neighborhood cohesion; can be measured by quantity and quality of interaction among neighbors.

In order to keep the development of the riverside within ecological boundaries, the following measurements are considered:

  • Ecological footprint
  • Carbon footprint
  • Water footprint
  • Eutrophication
  • Biodiversity protection
For more detailed information about the sustainable development definition and the measurements of it, see the Anthology.
Sustainable Development Definition Group
Jonas, Adit, Tohori, Quy, Rita

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