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How sustainable development works in practice ...
How sustainable development works in practice

Sustainable development is both a journey (towards the end point where humankind has learned to live sustainably on this planet), and a framework within which a balance can be achieved between potential economic, environmental and social benefits, between the wealthy and the poor (both in this country and between rich and poor nations) and between the interests of this generation and future generations.

For policy makers and decision takers, it establishes a clear hierarchy: protect critical natural capital in all circumstances; wherever possible, seek to optimise economic, social and environmental benefits over time; where that is not possible, seek to minimise any potential damage to the environment, people and their communities; only then can one trade off potential economic benefits against unavoidable social and environmental disbenefits.

'Mainstreaming sustainable regeneration' is available here, and the supporting documents are available here.

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