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NSCA CALLS FOR REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

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The National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection (NSCA) has called upon the government to place envi...
The National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection (NSCA) has called upon the government to place environmental and social concerns at the heart of its policy for the regions through the establishment of Regional Sustainable Development Agencies.

Responding to the government's consultation paper 'Regional Development Agencies - Issues for discussion' Malcom Eames of NSCA said:

'Unless the concept of sustainable development is central to the thinking of the new agencies, there is a real danger that they will simply promote an outdated and generally unsucessful model of regional economic development which promotes infrastructure investment without adequate consideration of its environmental and social costs. If the government is serious in its commitment to sustainable development these issues must be placed at the centre of regional policy.

Sustainable development should not be seen as a footnote to economic development policy. Rather the government should be talking about establishing regional sustainable development agencies'
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