British towns seek practical sustainability

Local authority partnership programme aims to "mainstream" sustainable development

Nearly 30 British municipalities and regional authorities are to cooperate in an effort to translate sustainable development principles into action, under a project launched this week. Despite having started more local agenda 21 sustainability programmes than most EU countries, UK local authorities remain uncertain of many practical aspects, according to Forum for the Future, the NGO that is coordinating the project. Through the group's local authority "partners scheme," it is aiming-to "fast-track" sustainability work at the most senior management level. In particular, the project will aim to integrate sustainable development work into local government's governance and service delivery agenda, clarify the relationship between local economic development and sustainable development, and focus on particular issues faced in implementing sustainable practices in rural areas.

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