WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?
Sustainability is the skill to provide for the needs of the world's
current population without negatively influencing the ability of future
generations to provide for themselves.
Sustainability/sustainable development refers to doing something (e.g.
Mining, Farming, etc.) with the long term in mind. Today's decisions
are made with a consideration of sustaining our activities into the long
When a process is sustainable, it can be carried out over and over
without negative environmental effects or impossibly high costs to
Biodiversity & Conservation Biology Department
University of the Western Cape