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Surrender or resistance to the implementation of Local Agenda 21 in Portugal: the challenges of local governance for sustainable development

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The aim of this paper is to understand how Local Agenda 21 (LA21) is contributing to update local policy and decision making towards sustainable development in Portugal. Departing from a theoretical view of governance for sustainable development - its core values and challenges - and the role of LA21 in its endorsement, the paper presents the main results of a questionnaire survey submitted to Portuguese municipalities, with the purpose of understanding how far LA21 is being incorporated into planning and management. The paper then tries to expose some of the main potential, limitations and challenges in the local Portuguese case for the short-term sustainable future.
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Keywords: Local Agenda 21; Portugal; local governance

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro, Portugal, Campus Universitario de Santiago, Aveiro, Portugal 2: Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra, Patio da Universidade, Coimbra, Portugal

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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