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Mainstreaming Biodiversity

This briefing outlines the importance of biodiversity and explores what local government can do to protect it, defining what ‘mainstreaming biodiversity’ means. Additionally, national and international examples of ‘mainstreaming biodiversity’ are explored,  extracting ways in which issues of biodiversity are being integrated into local government policymaking. This topic may be of particular interest to planning…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Bureaucratic activism in local government

The South African bureaucracy is a fraught space in which to work yet there are innovative local government officials who effect change and progress. This briefing will be of interest to those working with local communities, public participation and community resistance, and the promotion of social and spatial change.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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The mortgage rules debate – divergent interests and collective good

This briefing considers issues relating to housing affordability and credit in the context of the debate regarding the Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules. Relaxation of the rules could be rationalised from particular perspectives. In the short term, it would help some to purchase and would boost activity in various “property”-related services. However, given housing supply…

Ireland
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Is the Iceland model for reducing teenage smoking, drinking and drug use the reason why Iceland beat England in Euro 2016?

Iceland has radically reduced rates of teenage smoking, drinking and drug use in the past 20 years through its “Youth in Iceland” programme to tackle behavioural addiction. This briefing examines why other countries, including the UK, aren’t following suit, and will be interesting to local authority members and officers, in OECD countries, with responsibility for…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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International Comparisons: PISA Education report 2018

The OECD publishes its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) information every three years, and the introduction to this year’s report claims that “PISA is not only the world’s most comprehensive and reliable indicator of students’ capabilities, it is also a powerful tool that countries and economies can use to fine-tune their education policies.”.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Grouse Moorland in Scotland

This briefing reviews the socio-economic and environmental impacts of driven grouse shooting in Scotland, and outlines the legislative options under consideration. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers with responsibility for rural communities, regulation of hunting and environmental issues.

Scotland
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Housing and planning round-up December 2019

This month’s housing and planning round-up is slightly different due to the election, with focus placed on outlining policies of the main parties in relation to housing and planning issues, alongside housing news and the latest consultations.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Ready for action: Irish local authorities’ climate strategies

Ireland now has a comprehensive and locally-led climate adaptation framework, put in place by local authorities. In this briefing, we discuss the approach to a unified delivery of adaptation across the full extent of Ireland, as well as the background policy environment.

Ireland
Members

Youth Assembly on Climate Change – another innovative action underpinning participatory democracy in Ireland

This briefing looks at the most recent initiative on participative democracy in Ireland, The Youth Assembly on Climate Change that sat on 15th November. It marks an initiative that builds upon the ongoing experience with Ireland’s Citizens Assembly as covered in earlier briefings, and has come at a time of unparalleled politicisation of younger people…

Ireland
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Commercial opportunities from addressing climate change in Ireland

In this short paper, we examine an increasing awareness of the positive features of the need to radically address climate change. Drawing upon a growing international awareness, the paper then considers the huge economic potential for Ireland and, highlighting substantive opportunities for the enterprises and communities of the Country.

Ireland