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SUSTAINABILITY

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French Equivalent: Pérennité

Definition:
Sustainability refers to:

(a) use of the biosphere by present generations while maintaining its potential yield (benefit) for future generations; and/or

(b) non—declining trends of economic growth and development that might be impaired by natural resource depletion and environmental degradation.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Sustainable development

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, March 14, 2003