Thursday, October 10, 2013

National Sustainability Planning Examples

Photo by Mario Gomez.
Most of the world's nations have been engaged with some degree of sustainability planning at the highest level.  This week, I'm at the United Nations at a workshop to discuss sustainability planning with a number of national experts in charge of sustainability planning in their nations.  Yesterday there were a number of national presentations about the planning in specific countries and I thought I would memorialize several of them.

Nepal.  Nepal has been involved with national level planning since 1956.  Their current round of planning focuses on graduating from a LDC nation (lesser developed nation) by 2022.  They have 28 ministries at the central level working on achieving goals as well as 5 development regions.  They have engaged a variety of stakeholders in the planning process.

Jamaica.  The Planning Institute of Jamaica is a national level organization charged with a variety of planning initiatives.  They have been focused on sustainability for some time, but their latest 2009 plan is their first long-term plan called Vision 2030, Sustainable Prosperity built around 4 goals and 15 national outcomes.  They also have a series of 3-year medium term plans built within the longer-term plan.  To achieve goals, they developed 32 national task forces and 17 multi-sector work groups that include a variety of stakeholders from the public and private sector.

Cambodia.  Cambodia has a number of organizations focused on sustainable development at the national level including the National Council for Green Growth and the National Policy on Green Development.  Cambodia developed a National Plan on Green Development 2013-2030.  Given the geography and culture of Cambodia, the plan is heavily focused on agriculture, fisheries, and forests.

Ghana.  Instead of long-term sustainability planning, Ghana is focused on 4-year planning with short-term goals that address long-term problems.  Sustainable development is infused within the planning process.  This shorter-term planning allows for a regular evaluation of goals as well as a regular resetting of priorities based on changing national and global conditions.

Each of these planning models provides a way for the nation's citizens to engage on sustainability issues in both a top down and bottom up process.

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