Sustainable use can be defined as the use of biological diversity components in a way and at a rate that does not lead to the long-term decline of biological diversity to safeguard the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of both present and future generations.
The principle has three aspects: economic, social, and ecological.
Simply put, profit, people and planet.
Focusing on only one of the pillars without considering the other two is a mistake.
If profit is the only motive, the resource will rapidly disappear.
If we emphasize only people’s needs, biodiversity will shrink.
If policies are simply eco-centric, there will be no buy-in from the communities that live with the resource.
And this is where the animal rights activists have it horribly wrong.
People must benefit, but it should be in a responsible manner.
The Eden fallacy is a perfidious illusion.