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Community Based Collaboratives Research Consortium

CBCRC is a network of researchers, mediators and facilitators, government agencies, community groups and environmental groups which seek to understand and assess local collaborative efforts involving natural resources and community development. CBCRC provides a venue for the sharing of research, evaluation and case studies; emerging stewardship issues and practice; and policy outcomes concerning community based collaborative processes. (continue)

From Rio to Johannesburg: Reflections on the Role of International Legal Norms in Sustainable Development

This paper has three broad objectives. First, it seeks to establish that the historical development of sustainable development as a legal concept shows that it implies the pursuit of economic development, environmental protection, and social development as non-hierarchical objectives of international society. (continue)

Whose Plan? Considering an Integrated Partnership for Developing Integrated Plans for a Sustainable Future

Ron Thomas developed this matrix with his class on participatory planning to attempt to help clarify who's doing what AND why some effective participation methods and practitioners have not been more widely embraced by the U.S. (urban, regional, land use, transportation) planning profession. He found that there are very few truly participatory planning models, methods or practitioners, which is perpetuated by the general lack of their inclusion in the core planning curricula nationwide. (continue)

Orion Grassroots Network

The Orion Grassroots Network is a network of environmental and community organizations in North America. Network member organizations are recognized in their communities as leaders in the fields of conservation, restoration, education, democracy, justice, health, and economics. The Orion Grassroots Network connects the full diversity of groups involved in social and environmental movements, and occasionally engages them in coordinated campaigns on regional, national, and global issues, such as the Earth Charter and Precautionary Principle. (continue)

Government Directed Change of Everyday Life and Coproduction: The Case of Home Energy Use

In recent years a number of individuals have argued for the usefulness of "co production" as an alternative to traditional, hierarchical systems of policy design and implementation. Co production has been touted as a means of reducing government intrusiveness, increasing service delivery, and encouraging citizen participation and education by making society's members serve as partners in the creation of services, not merely objects on which government agent's act. (continue)

Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit

The Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit is based on the idea that communities and educational systems within communities need to dovetail their sustainability efforts. As communities develop sustainability goals, local educational systems can modify existing curriculums to reinforce those goals. As the authors developed the Toolkit, it became apparent that many communities had not developed sustainability goals or action plans on which to base educational change. As a result, the authors include some exercises to help communities develop such goals. The authors also include a few exercises to explain the concept of sustainable development. (continue)

Community Environmental Policing: Assessing New Strategies of Public Participation in Environmental Regulation

This paper evaluates a new form of public participation in environmental monitoring and regulation advanced through local bucket brigades, which allow community members to sample air emissions near industrial facilities. These brigades represent a new form of community environmental policing, in which residents participate in collecting, analyzing, and deploying environmental information, and more importantly, in an array of public policy dialogues. (continue)

Environmental Protection Agency: Draft Public Involvement Policy

The Environmental Protection Agency is revising its 1981 Public Participation Policy. The revised policy is being issued as the Draft 2000 Public Involvement Policy for 120-day public comment. The Draft Policy was updated to reflect changes over the past nineteen years such as additional Agency responsibilities, new regulations, expanded public involvement techniques, and the changed nature of public access due to the Internet. The Policy will provide guidance and direction to EPA officials on reasonable and effective means to involve the public in its regulatory and program decisions. (continue)

Encouraging Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture in South Africa

This paper concentrates on the black smallholder farming sector. Also, this paper makes recommendations for reorganisation of extension services, farmer involvement in research, land reform, incentives for soil/water conservation, NGO involvement, community participation, training, coordination. (continue)

How Statutory, Regulatory, and Administrative Factors Affect National Forest Management

Forest Service officials have estimated that planning and assessment consume 40 percent of total direct work at the national forest level. That would represent an expenditure of more than $250 million per year. Although some planning is obviously necessary, Forest Service officials have estimated that improving administrative procedures could shift up to $100 million a year from unnecessary planning to actual project work to restore ecosystems and deliver services on the ground. The Forest Service is deeply committed to the principles of sound public land management in a democracylong-term planning on an ecosystem basis, extensive public involvement, inter-agency consultation and collaboration, and ample opportunities for public redress. Permitted to use the tools and apply the techniques of modern management, Americans can look forward to a future of healthy, resilient ecosystems all across their national forests and grasslands. (continue)