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Sustainability 2016, 8(2), 180; doi:10.3390/su8020180

Sustainable Local Development and Environmental Governance: A Strategic Planning Experience

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University of Study of Messina, Department of Economics, Piazza Pugliatti 1, Messina 98122, Italy
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Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren Hall, Isla Vista, CA 93117, USA
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University of Tsinghua, Centre for Green Leap Research State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Eco-industry, Beijing 100084, China
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 24 December 2015 / Revised: 29 January 2016 / Accepted: 16 February 2016 / Published: 19 February 2016
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Abstract

The emphasis on learning and adaptation among different actors at various political administrative levels and on various geographic scales has become a precondition for the emergence of sustainable development. It is possible to find the essential form of collaborative management by using a Strategic Plan, designed to determine a local model of sustainable competitiveness in economic, social and environmental terms. The adoption of a Strategic Plan stimulates a process of shared knowledge, through which it is possible to generate a new environmental governance (EG) that is truly representative of a local system. This paper presents, as a case study representative of the Italian context, the Strategic Plan of the Nebrodi area (SP), and assesses the structure of a new form of public and private environmental governance focused on sustainable concern. Finally, the SP could be considered a guideline for managing the local territorial and environmental system from a long-term perspective. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental governance; environmental planning; environmental management; participatory model; sustainable competitiveness environmental governance; environmental planning; environmental management; participatory model; sustainable competitiveness
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Ioppolo, G.; Cucurachi, S.; Salomone, R.; Saija, G.; Shi, L. Sustainable Local Development and Environmental Governance: A Strategic Planning Experience. Sustainability 2016, 8, 180.

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