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1. Ecologically sustainable forest management. This definition specifies three requirements for sustainable forest use: maintaining ecological processes within forests (the formation of soil, energy flows, and the carbon, nutrient and water cycles); maintaining the biological diversity of forests; increasing the net social benefit derived from the mixture of forest uses, within ecological constraints, whilst maintaining options for the future.

2. Maintain - 1: to keep in an existing state (as of repair, efficiency, or validity): preserve from failure. 

3. Sustain - 1: to give support or relief to 2: to supply with sustenance: nourish 3: keep up.

4. Sustainability: A state or process that can be maintained indefinitely. The principles of sustainability integrate three closely interlined elements - the environment, the economy and the social system - into a system that can be maintained in a healthy state indefinitely.

5. Sustainable - 2 a: of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged <sustainable techniques> <sustainable agriculture>

6. Sustainable development - Development that meets the needs and aspirations of the current generation without compromising the ability to meet those of future generations.

7. Sustainable development - Industrial development that does not detract from the potential of the natural environment to provide benefits to future generations.

8. Sustainable development - 'meeting the requirements of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. Brundtland report in 1987 (WCED 1987)

9. Sustainable development Human intervention that meets the needs and aspirations of the current generation without compromising the ability to meet those of future generations.

10. Sustainable Development is a process in which development does not deplete the earth's resources or disturb fragile ecosystems

11. Sustainable development. According to the WCED, this is "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Sustainable development implies economic growth together with the protection of environmental quality, each reinforcing the other. The essence of this form of development is a stable relationship between human activities and the natural world, which does not diminish the prospects for future generations to enjoy a quality of life at least as good as our own. Many observers believe that participatory democracy, undominated by vested interests, is a prerequisite for achieving sustainable development (Source: Mintzer, 1992).

12. Sustainable development: preservation and protection of diverse ecosystems-the soil, plants, animals, insects and fungi while maintaining the forest's productivity.

13. Sustainable Development: describes those efforts to guide economic growth, especially in less-developed countries, in an environmentally sound manner, with an emphasis on natural resource conservation.

14. Sustainable forest management - management regimes applied to forest land which maintain the productive and renewal capacities as well as the genetic, species and ecological diversity of forest ecosystems.

15. sustainable forest management - management that maintains and enhances the long-term health of forest ecosystems for the benefit of all living things, while providing environmental, economic, social and cultural opportunities for present and future generations.

16. Sustainable forest management - Management to maintain and enhance the long-term health of forest ecosystems, while providing ecological, economic, social and cultural opportunities (CSA 1995)

17. Sustainable forest management - means "good management" and utilization of forests and forested areas in such a way and at such intensity that their biological diversity, productivity and regenerative capacity, their vitality, and their capacity to fulfil, now and for the future, their pertinent ecological, economic and social functions at the local, national and global levels, be maintained, without thereby doing harm to other ecosystems. Ministerial Conference of Helsinki (1993)

18. Sustainable forest management - Security benefits for human needs while maintaining the structure, function and integrity of ecosystems on a bio-regional basis, incorporating in perpetuity complete forest successions in each bio-region and

19. Sustainable forest management - Stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in such a way, and at a rate, that maintains their productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic, and social functions, at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems (MCPFE 1993). Resolution H1

20. Sustainable forest management - The process of managing permanent forest land to achieve one or more clearly specified objectives of management with regard to the production of a continuous flow of desired forest products and services without undue reduction of its inherent values and future productivity and without undue undesirable effects on the physical and social environment. Developed by Poore. (ITTO 1992).

21. Sustainable forest management comprises all those direct and indirect measures of protection, tending and utilization which ensure the permanent conservation of forests. Sustainable management maintains the natural plasticity and diversity of life forms which enable forests to evolve and provide human benefits from their ecological, economic, social and cultural functions in perpetuity. Heuveldop (1994)

22. Sustainable Forestry- Managing our forests to meet the needs of people today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This is accomplished by growing, caring for, and harvesting trees for products while at the same time conserving soil, air, water, water quality, and wildlife and fish habitat.

23. Sustainable Forestry- The practice of managing dynamic forest ecosystems to provide ecological, economic, social and cultural benefits for present and future generations. Source: Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources, Chapter NR 44.03

24. Sustainable Management-A method of exploiting a resource that can be carried on indefinitely. For example, the removal of water from an aquifer in excess of recharge is, in the long term, not a sustainable management method.

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