Doubts on sustainable development claim for new regional agencies

Sustainable development will be at the heart of the work of the regional development agencies (RDAs) to be set up in England in 1999, according to a White Paper issued by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in December.1 But concern that the agencies may become forces for environmental destruction has been heightened by the apparent exclusion of environmental interests from their boards and the regional chambers to which they will be accountable, and by the absence of any duty to carry out environmental appraisals of their economic development strategies.

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