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RICS TO RESEARCH LOCAL AUTHORITY GREEN AGENDA

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has commissioned research to look into the how local authorities are r...
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has commissioned research to look into the how local authorities are responding to the Agenda 21 Initiative.

Local Agenda 21 was set up by local government - and endorsed by central government - to ensure that the policies agreed at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit are implemented at a local level.

The£10,000 research project will be carried out by a team from the University of Westminster led by Dr Helen Walker. It will focus on how local authorities have responded to the initiative and whether the aims of the scheme are being achieved.

RICS head of research, Stephen Brown, said:

'The RICS is committed to the promotion of environmental improvement and sustainable development in the public interest. We are, therefore, keen to find out how effective Agenda 21 is in achieving what it was set up to do.

'This timely research will let us look at the progress made to date and consider whether the scheme needs improving in order to meet its criteria.

Some 6,000 chartered surveyors work in local government - the study will also help us assess the effect Agenda 21 is having on them, as well those working in private practice.'

-- The results of the research will be available early in 1998. For more information please contact Stephen Brown on 0171 222 7000.

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