Title: Linking policy and practice in sustainable production and consumption: an assessment of the role of NGOs

Authors: Chris Church, Sylvia Lorek

Addresses: Community Environment Associates CEA, UK. ' Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI, Sustainable Consumption Office,Glatzer Str. 1, 51491 Overath, Germany

Abstract: The paper looks at NGOs activities in Sustainable Production and Consumption and obstacles being faced. It identifies lessons for policymakers seeking to engage civil society and makes recommendations on how academics can co-operate more effectively with civil society. Insights are drawn from recent studies on stakeholder involvement in the international political process and a series of surveys and semi-structured interviews. The authors identify four challenges. Effort should: be planned more strategically; link sustainable consumption to current priorities; ensure better links between global and local; and NGOs have to better link to other interest groups.

Keywords: sustainable consumption; sustainable development; sustainability; sustainable production; SCP; NGOs; non-governmental organisations; Marrakech process; governance; policy making; stakeholder involvement.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2007.016936

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2007 Vol.2 No.2, pp.230 - 240

Published online: 30 Jan 2008 *

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