From Permawiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Sustainability is the responsible management of resources to provide for needs at a maintained level that avoids depleting natural resources.

Key Principles

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization defines sustainability with five key principles.[1]

  • Improved Resilience
    • The ability to withstand extremes, volatility, and other forms of adversity. This adversity can be found in weather, markets, and social structures.
  • Enhanced and Efficient Use of Resources
    • Resources, such as water, soil, energy, labor, and costs, needs to be efficiently used to provide for future use. Adaption of smart technologies such as clean and renewable energy is paramount.
  • Improved Rural Livelihoods, Equity, and Social Well-Being
    • Ensures equality and general social well-being of the rural community. Encourage participation, independent of gender or other attributes, provide equity in employment, access to markets, financial aid, education, and other facets.
  • Natural Resources Conservation Measures
    • Conservation of natural resources to provide for future needs.
  • Availability of Responsible and Effective Governance Mechanisms
    • Entrenching sustainability policies.