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A sustainable development strategy is not simply a document. It's a continuing, adaptive process of strategic and coordinated action. It has
been described as:
- Development of a vision through a consensual, effective and iterative process, followed by setting objectives and identifying the means of achieving them. This is followed by monitoring the achievement in order to guide the next round of the learning process.
- "Sets of coordinated mechanisms and continuing processes of
monitoring, learning and improvement."
- A shifting pattern of governance that moves from "grand planning schemes to adaptive strategy processes, from authorities to competencies, from pure hierarchies to a combination of hierarchies and networks, from control to monitoring, evaluation and feedback, and from knowing to learning."
Governance Structures for National Sustainable Development Strategies is one of the IISD initiatives for researching innovation practices in sustainable development strategies and adaptive governance. IISD was commissioned by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2006 to study approximately 20 countries, including China, the Philippines and South Korea, and to identify examples of good governance practices and structures for the National Sustainable Development Strategy and to study their effectiveness.
Governance Structures for National Sustainable Development Strategies: http://www.iisd.org/pdf/2006/measure_gov_structures.pdf