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Local agenda 21 and participation to local administration : a case study in Denizli

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2006
Önez, Zuhal
The global world confronted with environmental and development problems. Rising interest for these environmental concerns on the global agenda and the efforts to negotiate environment and development issues produced the term sustainable development. United Nations report, Our Common Future, highlighted three fundamental components of sustainable development as environmental protection, economic growth and social equity. Local Agenda 21 (LA21) is the program where local communities promote solutions to sustainable development issues at local level. The purpose of this study is to explore the intersection points between participation and LA21 and to investigate LA21’s new participatory platforms contribution to citizens’ participation to local government structure. In order to elaborate the relation between participation and LA21, a survey study was applied to Denizli LA21 women working group. Through the survey following research areas were tried to be addressed, which were; municipality effect on LA21 and participation, the closest LA21 participation mode and strategy of Denizli women working group according to two European LA21 studies, the strengths and weaknesses of LA21 in Denizli. Findings of the survey indicates that Denizli LA21 process facilitates the women participation to local administration with the support of Denizli municipality, and also the study results show that Denizli women working group activities are similar with some participation modes and strategies of European LA21 implementations. Thus, within the limitation of the survey, it is one of the first studies in Turkey that attempts to examine LA21 practice and its implications for participation in specific.