The importance of local programmes in driving sustainable development has been enshrined in Local Agenda 21, arguably the most influential output of the 1992 Rio 'Earth' Summit. Its importance has been reiterated more recently by the Johannesburg Summit in 2002.
Local Environmental Sustainability sets the context for local environmental sustainability and, in particular, considers how local government can promote sustainable development by building partnerships with different groups and organisations in the local community. Using case studies, individual chapters focus on different types of regional and local initiatives, the partnerships that have made them possible, and the key issues in making them effective.
Local Environmental Sustainability provides a blueprint for both local governments and local communities to work together effectively for a more sustainable future.
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focus groups, local empowerment and development: A Preston case study; Retailing and sustainability: Exploring connections using the example of a local town market; Waste minimisation strategies; Trading places: Geography and the role of Local Exchange Trading Schemes in local sustainable development; Allotments and community gardens: A DIY approach to environmental sustainability; Local economies, trade and global sustainability; Inequality and community: The missing dimensions of sustainable development.
Susan Buckingham is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Brunel University, UK.
K Theobald University of Northumbria, UK.
Kate Theobald is a Senior Research Fellow at the Sustainable Cities Research Institute, Northumbria University, UK.