For many years, it has been accepted that economic and other forms
of development can cause serious damage to our environment.
Our atmosphere can be polluted, as can our water supplies. Even small
changes in our climate could cause serious flooding or drought. There
are many other possible outcomes, each posing a threat to human
health and wellbeing and, indeed, to all forms of life. Renewed concern
has resulted in a detailed updating of agreed approaches to these
problems. The result is The 2030 Agenda, initially adopted by the 193
Member States of the United Nations including Ireland www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment.
The Agenda requires countries to take action
to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In this lesson we discuss the objectives of this plan and illustrate how
maps play a central role in the development and monitoring of such
What is sustainable development?
Sustainable development (SD) means
meeting the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future
generations to meet their own needs.
Essentially, it is an attempt to provide an
acceptable standard of life for existing
generations without damaging the
prospects for future generations. The
broad objective here is a society where
economic prosperity provides a good
standard of living, without exhausting our
natural resources or damaging the environment, To accomplish these
outcomes, a development plan must address economic, environmental
and social considerations. This is graphically illustrated by the 5P model
(download lesson). No ‘P’ should be excluded.
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