”Sustainable Development - as defined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987 - is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".
This definition was updated in 1992 in the “Declaration of Rio on Environment and Development” that recognized sustainable development as a balance of three dimensions: environmental protection, economic growth and social development. In many developing countries, natural resources represent main source upon which depend survival and development of local populations. In these contexts environmental problems often lead to lack of income and food scarcity as consequences of local and global actions.
Cesvi’s programmes combine the three dimensions of sustainable development making of preservation of environmental resources a means to foster economic development and social progress. Cesvi approach is based on the analysis and comprehension of local problems in order to achieve the best possible solution. Cesvi takes also into consideration traditional knowledge of local communities involving them in the process of decision making and training them in order to promote sustainable development policies.