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Sustainability vs. Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development – “…is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs...” *

Sustainability – “capable of being sustained; capable of being continued with minimal long‐term impact or without exhausting resources; non‐inflationary”

Mining activities can contribute to both sustainable development and to sustainability.


* [Brundtland Report; World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). Our common future. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987 p. 43]