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How is the environment incorporated in sustainable development?

Question and Answer | 20-01-2015

The definition of sustainable development recognizes the importance of the environment by emphasizing conservation and enhancement of the resource base and merging environment and economics in decision-making. The importance of the environment is reflected in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), where one of the MDGs directly focuses on environmental issues. However, this MDG of ensuring environmental sustainability is poorly elaborated. Recent research of MNP concludes we are not on track in achieving environmental sustainability. It is shown (using recent FAO and IEA business as usual scenarios) that if the current trends are continued, environmental conditions will further deteriorate and exert an increasing impact on development efforts.