Evaluating the Role of the City and County Development Boards in Promoting Public Participation in Local Sustainable Development

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Sustainable development is essentially a political programme for change adopted by governments throughout the world. It has its primary basis in Our Common Future (World Commission on Environment and Development [WCED] 1987), and is endorsed by international agreements sanctioned in Rio in 1992 (the Earth Summit) and Johannesburg in 2002 (World Summit on Sustainable Development). Chapter 28 of Agenda 21 ('Local Agenda 21'), the global programme for the implementation of sustainable development agreed at the Earth Summit, placed the responsibility for coordinating local sustainable development firmly at the door of local governments throughout the world.

The City and County Development Boards (CDBs), which were created in 2000, had a remit to design a city-/county-wide Strategy for Economic, Social and Cultural Development and to undertake the relevant dimensions of its delivery. While the implementation of Local Agenda 21 is clearly the responsibility of local government the fact that the CDBs are focused on a strategic approach to local development suggests that they create a context, mechanism and an agreed strategy conducive to the governance of local sustainable development.

The research contained in this report Sustainable Participation: Evaluating the role of CDBs in Promoting Public Participation in Local Sustainable Development (SUSPART), responds directly to a call for proposals under the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation (ERTDI) Sub-measure 2: Sustainable Development.

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Dr. Gerard Mullally
University College Cork
Lecturer
Department of Sociology, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork City, Ireland
Telephone: +353 21 4902618
e-mail: g.mullally@ucc.ie

Dr. Aveen Henry
University College Cork
Lecturer
Cleaner Production Promotion Unit, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science Civil and Environmental Engineering, 16 South Bank, Crosses Green, Cork City, Ireland
Telephone: +353 21 4836825
e-mail: a.henry@ucc.ie

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Author(s)Mullally, G. Henry, A.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationEvaluating the Role of the City and County Development Boards in Promoting Public Participation in Local Sustainable Development
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Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=e0940d10-7745-102d-b891-8d8f2407b579
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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=152
Resource Keywordssustainable development, public participation, local government, City and County Development Boards, Sustainable Participation? Evaluating the role of CDBs in Promoting Public Participation in Local Sustainable Development (SUSPART)
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2004-SD-MS-23-M2
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeSocio-Economics
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
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Limitations on the use of this ResourceThere is no dataset attached to this resource. However, the use of the reports attached to this resource should be cited and referenced in other publications where necessary. A citation is provided below.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 3
Project Start Date Thursday 1st January 2004 (01-01-2004)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Saturday 1st January 2005 (01-01-2005)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Saturday 31st December 2005 (31-12-2005)
Published on SAFERTuesday 2nd March 2010 (02-03-2010)
Date of Last EditTuesday 2nd March 2010 at 12:17:58 (02-03-2010)
Datasets or Files Updated On Tuesday 2nd March 2010 at 12:17:58 (02-03-2010)

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In order to gain an insight into the perspectives of the key stakeholder groups participating in the CDB process, 20 detailed in-depth interviews were conducted with stakeholder representatives in four separate locations (Donegal, Galway, South Dublin and Wexford) in late A total of 34 city and county development strategies (i.e. 29 county council and 5 city council) were collected in 2005. The strategies were subjected to a detailed quantitative and qualitative content analysis. The content analysis proceeded in two stages: (i) collation and coding; and (ii) interpretation. The first-stage analysis consisted of the collation and coding of data into Excel worksheets using a research protocol developed by the project team. The second-stage analysis subsequently built on the collation of both quantitative and qualitative data, and provided the generation and interpretation of results.

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The research contained in this report Sustainable Participation? Evaluating the role of CDBs in Promoting Public Participation in Local Sustainable Development (SUSPART), responds directly to a call for proposals under the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation (ERTDI) Sub-measure 2: Sustainable As the title suggests, the primary purpose of the research was to evaluate if, and to what degree, the city and county development strategies have contributed to promoting public participation in local sustainable development. The research examined: (i) the integration of sustainable development into the CDB process; and (ii) the exact nature and modes of public participation that the process has promoted in the governance of local sustainable development. The overall objective of the evaluation was to consider the contribution of the CDB process to the governance of sustainable development in Ireland, and to provide some guidance as to how this might be enhanced in the future. Sustainable development has become imprinted on the CDB process: through the city and county development strategies; the deliberations of the Boards; and the actions already implemented and those identified for the future. Sustainable development, however, is not regarded as the primary purpose of the process. There is a strong social emphasis in the strategies and the actions of the CDBs, and the picture that emerges from the analysis here is that the strategic emphasis is on development that enhances quality of life. The quality of life emphasis is not unique to the CDB process, but reflects a wider shift in the sustainable development debate at global, EU and, increasingly at national level.
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In order to gain an insight into the perspectives of key personnel in Irish local government, specifically within the Directorates of Community and Enterprise that are responsible for steering the actual implementation of the CDB process, a telephone survey was conducted with 32 of the 34 local authorities. The high rate of response is due in no small part to the support of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DoEHLG) in the completion of the survey. The semi-structured interviews were designed to: (i) fill in gaps in information identified in the analysis of the strategies; (ii) elicit the situated evaluations of the respondents regarding the contribution of the process of promoting participation in local sustainable development.
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