Environmental Technology Directorate

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Background
The Silent Spring was published in 1962. The book's release was considered by many to be a turning point in our understanding of the interconnections among the environment, the economy and social well-being. Since then, many milestones have marked the journey toward sustainable development.

Sustainable development has been defined in many ways, but the most frequently quoted definition is from Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report:

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The concept of sustainable development is rooted in the sort of systems thinking. It helps us understand ourselves and our world. The problems we face are complex and serious—and we can't address them in the same way we created them.

In Ethiopia we are striving for sustainable development in every aspect of our developmental activities. To this end leather industries also have environmental concern in the processing of leather starting from raw material to finished items. Therefore the directorate will act actively in these issues.