Unit 1. Basic elements of sustainability and continuity

In general, sustainability means the capacity to continue, to stay diverse and productive for an indefinite term. It is often connected with development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” as defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. Many different factors influence the process of sustainability, which will be addressed in this unit as well as in the following units and subunits.