Introduction: Joining Forces to Accelerate Action

  • Phoebe Stirling
Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 3)


Swift and comprehensive action is necessary for addressing the global challenge of achieving sustainability. The previous part has set out a series of opportunities and challenges to optimize urban sectors and the urban economy by greening them. However any fundamental change in pathway, be it through the transformation of a mature urban economic system and urban infrastructure or the steering of rapid urban growth, requires the involvement and active engagement of a range of stakeholders. Such a spectrum encompasses public, private and civic actors, groups and institutions; each has a range of roles to play, but most importantly each has the ability to maximize their potential through collaboration, cooperation and coordination.


Collaboration Actors Introduction Green urban economy 


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICLEI – Local Governments for SustainabilityBonnGermany

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