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Editorial : environmental governance of urban and regional development – scales and sectors, conflict and cooperation

Gibbs, David; Lintz, Gerd


Gerd Lintz


Recent years have continued to see a concern for the detrimental environmental impacts of human economic activities particularly in the form of enhanced global warming, sea level rise, land degradation and deforestation. Although it can be argued that economic development and growth remain the priority for governments at a variety of spatial scales or levels, these same governments also express a desire through a growing number of policy initiatives to make such development more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. A growing interest amongst policy makers has been in identifying the ways in which environmental protection measures can be made complementary to economic development aims. Rather than seeing the environment and the economy in opposition, there has been a focus on the growth potential from developing a green or low-carbon economy (OECD, 2011). At the urban and regional scale governments have increasingly begun to try and position themselves as destinations for new forms of green economy investments as a source of a new round of capital accumulation (GIBBS and O’NEILL, 2014). In total then, questions around the environment, climate change and sustainability look set to grow in importance for decision makers in cities and regions.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 17, 2015
Journal Regional studies
Print ISSN 0034-3404
Electronic ISSN 1360-0591
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 6
Pages 925-928
Keywords Environmental protection; Economic development; Green economy
Publisher URL
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Regional studies, 2016, v.50, issue 6


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