Sustainable Development Strategy

Working with a team from the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Bryan Spooner was commissioned as Team Leader by the British Government to visit on the Island of St Helena in the South Atlantic to manage and prepare one of the first strategies for sustainable development following the 1992 Earth Summit. This involved extensive public participation, consultation with government and media involvement to help set priorities. The first phase identified the institutional requirements and action programme to deal with cross-sectoral and environmental issues. Programmes were designed to manage many issues, such as terrestrial and marine habitats; biodiversity; the conservation of endemic flora and fauna; the long-term regeneration of degraded landscapes; local and international pollution and wastes; promoting cultural heritage and tourism; developing environmental education and training; and setting long-term priorities for overall land use and national economic development planning.