The pages within this section on Biodiversity have many suggestions on how biodiversity can be protected and enhanced, although a more ‘global’ perspective is required for long term protection and enhancement of Earth’s biodiversity.
The concept of ‘Sustainability’ was first developed in 1980 by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and taken up by the Brundtland report in 1987. Sustainable development means a form of development "that meets the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs".
This term has been developed and adapted at important international conferences on sustainable development. –
The Earth Summit in Johannesburg – 2002 The Conference highlighted some of the major challenges confronting World Sustainable development. To find out about these issues, follow links from the BBC article published in March 2003.
Before this Earth Summit, Kofi Annan (The Secretary General of the United Nations), outlined his views 'Towards a sustainable Future. (delivered by his wife, Nane Annan, May 2002)
This KEY speech presents the concepts of ‘sustainability’ very clearly and outlines how it might be achieved. Print it out and use a ‘highlighter’ to pick out the most important points.