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Sustainable development

Sustainable Development

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.

Further information:

Sustainable development in Defra

Defra's own work on sustainable development


UK Government

How the Government is working towards sustainable development


Page last modified: 27 October 2008
Page published: 1 October 2008

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs