Integrating environmental concerns into development planning: A case study of Bhutan

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Title Integrating environmental concerns into development planning: A case study of Bhutan
Author Brown, Lex; Annandale, David
Publication Title IAIA 30th Annual Conference: The role of impact assessment in transitioning to the green economy
Editor Loreley Fortuny
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Fargo, United States
Publisher International Association for Impact Assessment
Abstract Bhutan has an effective and efficient environmental impact assessment and development approval system. However, as is the case in most countries, the focus of environmental protection is predominantly on "safeguarding". For sustainability goals to be reached, efforts need to go beyond compliance with standards and mitigation of adverse impacts, to identifying environmental sustainability as an objective of the development process. This realization became clear to the Royal Government of Bhutan in 2006, when it included a strong "environmental mainstreaming" requirement in the preparation guidelines for the 10th Five Year Plan. Since that time, the concept of environmental mainstreaming has quickly taken hold, and is a significant component of donor assistance to capacity development at different levels of government. However, policy innovation in this area has not followed a smooth path. This paper describes recent progress made in high-level environmental mainstreaming in Bhutan, and reflects on lessons learned. It also aims to provide ideas and guidance for other developing countries that are in a similar situation.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2010. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
Conference name IAIA 10
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Date From 2010-04-06
Date To 2010-04-11
Date Accessioned 2010-12-10
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Environmental Impact Assessment
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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