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Six Key Elements of a Local Agenda 21

1. Managing and improving the local authority's own environmental performance

  • Corporate commitment
  • Staff training and awareness raising
  • Environmental management systems
  • Environmental budgeting
  • Policy integration across sectors

2. Integrating sustainable development aims into the local authority's policies and activities

  • Green housekeeping
  • Land use planning
  • Transport policies and programmes
  • Economic development
  • Tendering and purchase/provider splits
  • Housing services
  • Tourism and visitor strategies
  • Health strategies
  • Welfare, equal opportunities and poverty strategies
  • Explicitly 'environmental' services

3. Awareness raising and education

  • Support for environmental education
  • Awareness-raising events
  • Visits and talks
  • Support for voluntary groups
  • Publication of local information
  • Press releases
  • Initiatives to encourage behaviour change and practical action

4. Consulting and involving the general public

  • Public consultation processes
  • Forums
  • Focus groups
  • 'Planning for real'
  • Parish Maps
  • Feedback mechanisms

5. Partnerships

  • Meetings, workshops and conferences
  • Working groups/advisory groups
  • Rounds Tables
  • Environment City Model
  • Partnership initiatives
  • Developing-world partnerships and support

6. Measuring monitoring and reporting on progress towards sustainability

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Local state of the environment reporting
  • Sustainability indicators
  • Targets
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Strategic environmental assessment

Source: Rushmoor Borough Council, October 1996.
Local Agenda 21
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Contact: Hari Srinivas - hsrinivas@gdrc.org