Following on from the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, sustainable development has become a major policy objective throughout the world. UNCED's Agenda 21, which set out a strategy for sustainable development, has been taken up at both national and local government levels. Although it is widely accepted that sustainable development will largely depend on local action, little has been published on this in a consolidated and accessible way. In this book, Paul Selman addresses the nature of sustainable development, the particular issues raised at local level, and the ways in which local citizens, organizations and businesses can respond.
The book features an integrated and systematic treatment of the theories and actions associated with local sustainability. The author combines practical approaches with theoretical concepts and analytical methods.
No technical background knowledge is needed, and this book should be easily understood by anyone with a general appreciation of the environmental debate.
" Selman has researched the topic very thoroughly and has struggled through the complexities with great skill and given us the information to help our own thinking evolve."
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH
" Paul Selman's contribution to the emerging literature on the local dimension of sustainable development is to be welcomed for its straightforward and lucid treatment of the subject."
JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & MANAGEMENT
" This text is a welcome contribution to the exploration of what can be done at a local level to protect the environment." LOCAL GOVERNMENT STUDIES
" It is very difficult to produce a textbook, especially in such a swift moving field, and this book is a considerable achievement." LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
The Nature of Local Sustainability The Context of Local Sustainability Sustainable Localities Methods for Approaching Local Sustainability Local Government and Sustainability Land-use Planning and Sustainability Business and Local Sustainability Citizens and Local Sustainability Conclusion