22 June 2020
The meaning of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) has been described as 'elusive', as it differs from one jurisdiction to another. Legislation may omit a definition or refer to the need to achieve ESD without specifying what it is or how it should be achieved.
Commonwealth legislation refers to ESD by defining its principles, which are:
Although ESD lacks a precise accepted definition, it is generally recognised as an important concept as it ensures environmental factors and future generations are considered in assessing current development.
You can access a copy of The principles of ecologically sustainable development in Australia and internationally here, or click the ‘DOWNLOAD PDF’ button.
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