Slow progress on Local Agenda 21

The Government has published new guidance to spur councils into preparing Local Agenda 21 strategies.1 But recent research indicates that environmental officers in many councils may have a tough job in ensuring that they meet the new target to complete their strategies in 2000.

Agenda 21 - the list of actions to achieve sustainable development for the 21st century - was a key document agreed at the 1992 Earth Summit. Local authorities were encouraged to develop their own strategies in response. But an international deadline to complete this work by the end of 1996 was widely missed.

To date less than half of UK authorities have prepared a strategy, according to the Local Government Management Board (LGMB). Only

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