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Trying harder: Developing a new sustainable strategy for the UK

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The UK reviewed its National Sustainable Development Strategy during 2003 and 2004, and produced a new strategy — the third for the UK — in March 2005. Having established that the main weakness of the previous strategy was in its delivery, the review and the resulting new strategy set out to put a much stronger emphasis on delivery mechanisms. In support of this, the process included more participative ways for those involved in delivering to contribute their views and ideas, including web-based dialogue, participative events and seminars, and community level discussions. The key points for the success of the project were the involvement of stakeholders; project management of the process; a marketing and communications strategy; cross-departmental governance; and involvement of an external challenge function (fulfilled in the UK by the Sustainable Development Commission).

Keywords: Stakeholder participation; Strategy; Sustainable development; United Kingdom

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Government of the UK.

Publication date: 2006-05-01

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