Local Governments

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Policy Brief
The global community is expecting local governments to play an increasingly important role in promoting sustainable development. However, the ability of local governments to do so, especially in some developed countries, may be weakening due to a possible decline in citizen interest and support as well as worsening fiscal and other constraints....
Peer-reviewed Article
In The Journal of Environment and Development
This study shows that some Japanese local governments, at both the prefecture and city levels, have engaged in international cooperation with local governments in developing countries in Asia to improve environmental management and explains their motivations to do so even if international cooperation is not usually considered part of local...
Book Chapter
In Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Asia-Pacific Region: Effective Responses in a Resource Constrained World
This chapter focuses on the roles local governments can play in formulating and implementing local initiatives which contribute to sustainable consumption. Many case studies are included, with the analysis focusing on the enabling factors for promoting these local initiatives. • Examples of local initiatives for SC can be found in a variety of...
Discussion Paper
The effectiveness of international city‐to‐city cooperation and intercity networks has been highlighted by developmental agencies and local governments overseas, yet, a majority of Japanese local governments question the merits, particularly with developing cities. This report aims to answer questions posed by Japanese local governments and reviews...
Business Report
The Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment is a 10-year programme aimed at achieving improvement in the urban environment by building the capacities of local governments in urban environmental management through fostering information exchange, dissemination of case studies and analysis of successful practices to support their replication, as...