The current development paradigm has been widely questioned due to its potential environmental and social impact. The serious effect on the equilibrium of ecosystems and on social stability in developing nations has become a global issue. This, in turn, has forced the leaders of such nations to begin to discuss new forms of dealing with the challenges that face environmental conservation, social and economic development and their impact on the quality of life of the world population as a whole. In today’s terms, three basic parameters are extensively used to determine whether or not an activity or project can de called sustainable:
- The environmental management of natural resources, that guarantees stable and continuous use and profit earnings.
- Direct and equal participation in the conditions, planning and decision making in all social sectors, particularly in rural communities with small-production producers.
- Economic profitability, that allows for a dignified existence for all of society’s members. It is the sum of these three factors that define quality of life. Bioplaneta focuses it’s conservation efforts on rural populations located in regions of high ecological priority.
In Mexico, the areas of great natural importance are deemed so due to their biodiversity or potential impact on global warming, such as forests and jungles, happen to also be the homes of many indigenous persons and/or peasants, who often negatively impact their natural surroundings due to poverty and a lack of economic opportunities.
The efforts of the civil society and the government are frequently disrupted with the lack of mechanisms in place to integrate such development projects into the current reality of the global market.Sustainable or supportable development takes into account the maintenance of the environmental balance of an ecosystem in order to continue opportunities for human appreciation and the preservation of natural resources.
Every project that involves sustainability should stick to the following principles: to live a life full of quality and dignity, to work, produce and commercialise without destroying the environment and most importantly, without creating further poverty nor contributing to the erosion of one’s surroundings, and with minimum alternation of the ecosystem.We believe that globalisation can prove to be an extraordinary tool for sustainable development, if one keeps in mind the importance of: the direct participation of small, rural producers and conservation and environmental rehabilitation mechanisms interwoven with systems of production and standards of fair trade and equal profit distribution.