In recent decades, we have become more aware of increasing damage to the environment and a widening global gap between the rich and the poor. There is a growing realisation that the way we develop is not sustainable. We need to find a way to improve our quality of life while living within our environmental limits and ensuring a fair society. This is sustainable development. Read more ... what is sustainable development?
In 2005, all Government departments committed to the UK sustainable development strategy. This long-term plan set ambitious and positive goals. To achieve them, government departments at all levels need to work closely together and with wider society.
Sustainable development in Defra
Defra's own work on sustainable development
How the Government is working towards sustainable development
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