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Skills and knowledge for sustainable communities: initiative coordination

Grant reference: RES-182-34-0001

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Learning about sustainable communities
In the forty years since the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) adopted a mandate with the aim of achieving the highest sustainable quality of life and the perpetuation and enhancement of the living world, the notion of sustainability achieved through the process of sustainable development has progressively moved to the forefront of international and national government planning. It has become the concern, too, of business leaders and non-governmental organisations at a variety of spatial scales. Despite the passage of time, there remains no single accepted definition of what sustainable development is, although the Brundtland Report’s definition from 1987 is probably the most widely quoted: ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Indeed, this very lack of precision in both its definition and practice makes the notion of ‘sustainable development’ and ‘sustainability’ as a goal all the more attractive – but with its own difficulties.

Primary contributor

Author Robert Rogerson

Additional contributors

Co-author Sue Sadler
Co-author Anne Green
Co-author Cecilia Wong

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University Of Hertfordshire Press
01 June 2011
Sustainable communities