Action for sustainability: Northwest England’s tool for regional strategic sustainability appraisal
James, P and Donaldson, S 2001, 'Action for sustainability: Northwest England’s tool for regional strategic sustainability appraisal' , Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 3 (3) , pp. 413-430.
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A requirement of the UK Government's strategy for sustainable development, published in 1999, was that all English regions would produce a sustainability framework by the end of 2000. In the Northwest, the framework has been produced under the title Action for Sustainability. The framework is addressed at a wide audience of strategists and key decision-makers, including elected members and those in the public, private and voluntary sectors. One of the framework's main uses is to be a tool for regional sustainability appraisal. The work undertaken to produce the framework is described by one of those involved in the process. The published framework is evaluated using current concepts of sustainable development. The way in which the framework is already beginning to influence development in the Northwest is illustrated by two case studies involving appraisals of the Regional Planning Guidance and applications for funding from the Single Regeneration Budget.
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