What is Ecologically Sustainable Development?
The 1987 Brundtland Report, introduced by the World Commission on Environment and Development, provides the definition of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) that is most widely recognised worldwide.
ESD is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
The Local Government Act 1993 provides the legal framework for an environmentally responsible system of local government in NSW.
The Act requires councils, councillors and council employees to “have regard to the principles of ecologically sustainable development in carrying out their responsibilities.”
Council’s Charter includes to “properly manage, develop, protect, restore, enhance and conserve the environment of the area for which it is responsible, in a manner that is consistent with and promotes the principles of ecologically sustainable development.”