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Sustainability

Definition:

A characteristic or state whereby the needs of the present and local population can be met without compromising the ability of future generations or populations in other locations to meet their needs.

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The sustainable use of an ecosystem refers to the human use of an ecosystem so that it may yield a continuous benefit to present generations while maintaining its potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations.

Source: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment  Glossary

Related words:

Ecosystem(s)

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GreenFacts Summary on Ecosystem Change:

Translation(s):

Deutsch: Nachhaltigkeit
Español: Sostenibilidad
Français: Durabilité
Nederlands: Duurzaamheid

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