SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH AGENDA 21

  • Zainal Md Zan UUM
  • Kamarudin Ngah UUM
  • Azlizan Talib UUM
Keywords: Sustainable development, community development, Local Agenda 21 (LA21)

Abstract

The much-talked about issues such as the rising of heavy crime cases, problems in solid waste management, air and water pollution as well as traffic congestion detering the quality of life among urban community members. Urgent and proactive measure is highly desireable in order to preserve and maintain the integral parts of urban’s higher quality of life. All parties should take part in ongoing efforts to achieve sustainable development through various means. Local Agenda 21 (LA21) serves as one of the efforts in achieveing the ultimate goal of sustainable development through better collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders including local government, non-governmental organisations and the community at large. The core principle of the LA21 program lies in the spirit of cooperation among community members, local authorities and the private sectors. This could be achieved through various activities including from the beginning such as through a comprehensive planning for the local area to achieve the sustainable development. Community members should be involved in brainstorming of the ideas and expressing their views so that authorities would be able to identify the real and arising issues in the community. Through this way a sustainable town and municipal planning could be developed and initiated. This paper discusses the importance of urbancommunity participation in achieving sustainable development as practicedthrough LA21 in Seberang Perai Municipal Council, Penang.

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Author Biographies

Zainal Md Zan, UUM
Department of Planning and Property Development,School of Government,College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Kamarudin Ngah, UUM
Department of Planning and Property Development,School of Government,College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Azlizan Talib, UUM
Department of Planning and Property Development,School of Government,College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Published
17-04-2014
How to Cite
Md Zan, Z., Ngah, K., & Talib, A. (2014). SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT THROUGH AGENDA 21. Journal of Techno Social, 6(1). Retrieved from https://publisher.uthm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/JTS/article/view/1101
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