Mainstreaming environmental sustainability into South Africa's Integrated Development Planning Process

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Title Mainstreaming environmental sustainability into South Africa's Integrated Development Planning Process
Author Sowman, Merle; Brown, Lex
Journal Name Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Editor Kenneth G. Willis
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Abingdon
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 has resulted in a radical law reform process, new systems of governance, and significantly transformed planning and decision-making processes. At the same time, principles of sustainability, integration, participation, social and environmental justice have also been placed squarely on the South African political agenda. Local government has become the intended focal point for addressing the socio-economic needs of local communities and sustainable service delivery, with the principal tool for achieving these developmental objectives the Integrated Development Plan (IDP). This paper examines the available policy frameworks, including those at the national level, guiding incorporation of environmental sustainability considerations into IDPs and highlights difficulties of achieving this in practice. Ideas for moving beyond rhetoric to practical mainstreaming of environmental sustainability considerations in IDPs are provided.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis : The author-version of this article will be available for download 12 months] after publication. : Use hypertext link to the publisher version.
Volume 49
Issue Number 5
Edition 2006
Page from 695
Page to 712
ISSN 0964-0568
Date Accessioned 2007-03-16
Date Available 2009-12-02T05:52:57Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject PRE2009-Environmental Management and Rehabilitation; PRE2009-Urban and Regional Planning
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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