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    The Five Capitals – a Model for Sustainable Development

    In this post I thought I would consider sustainable development and the operation of a model to describe how its components fit together. As many of you will probably be aware the ‘stock’ definition of sustainable development is as follows ‘Sustainable development is development that meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. This is a definition that was developed by Gro Harlem Brundtland in 1987 in the publication ‘Our Common Future’, and although 1987 is a fair way back, it still holds true today. Essentially this definition looks at ‘needs’ as consisting of three factors that need to be…