Synthesis Report for the ERTDI-funded project: 2004-SD-MS-23-M2
Summary: STRIVE Report 41 - G. Mullally et al.
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Sustainable development is essentially a political programme for change adopted by governments throughout the world. It has its primary basis in Our Common Future (World Commission on Environment and Development [WCED] 1987), and is endorsed by international agreements sanctioned in Rio in 1992 (the Earth Summit) and Johannesburg in 2002 (World Summit on Sustainable Development). Chapter 28 of Agenda 21 (‘Local Agenda 21’), the global programme for the implementation of sustainable development agreed at the Earth Summit, placed the responsibility for coordinating local sustainable development firmly at the door of local governments throughout the world.
The City and County Development Boards (CDBs), which were created in 2000, had a remit to design a city-/county-wide Strategy for Economic, Social and Cultural Development and to undertake the relevant dimensions of its delivery. While the implementation of Local Agenda 21 is clearly the responsibility of local government the fact that the CDBs are focused on a strategic approach to local development suggests that they create a context, mechanism and an agreed strategy conducive to the governance of local sustainable development.
The research contained in this report: Sustainable Participation: Evaluating the role of CDBs in Promoting Public Participation in Local Sustainable Development (SUSPART), responds directly to a call for proposals under the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation (ERTDI) Sub-measure 2: Sustainable Development.