Adoption of Local Agenda 21: Local Councils' Views on Sustainability Initiatives

S. Khan*, B. Bajracharya

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Having endorsed the policy of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) followed by the ratification of the Earth Summit (1992) charter, Australia has embraced the principles of Local Agenda 21 (LA21). Our local councils are, consequently, required to include LA21 aims into local strategies and planning [1]. This implies that local councils need to build up effective partnerships with the local community to establish strategies promoting an integrated and holistic treatment of the social, economic and environmental aspects of planning, in line with ESD objectives. The chapter reports on preliminary findings of a currently on-going study of three local councils inNewSouthWales, to determine the factors affecting the adoption of LA21. It reviews strategic policy documents to examine the councils' corporate commitment to sustainability and reports on responses of planners working in local councils towards ESD principles, LA21 and community involvement requirements that it entails.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart and Sustainable Built Environments
EditorsJ Yang, P. S. Brandon, A. C. Sidwell
Place of PublicationCarlton, Victoria
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)1405124229, 9781405124225, 9786611321505
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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