Reason to Be Selected
Highlights:In Sweden, municipalities are responsible for the planning and management of land and water resources. To make it possible for local administrators to take full responsibility for their own land areas, the Swedish parliament has passed laws decentralizing planning and delegating authority to the local level. This guarantees strong local participation of the public in land-use planning, and permits strict protection of areas of national interest.
With the help of a set of hard (technology) and-soft (democracy) tools, the environment of Stockholm has undergone major improvements in the past decades. The paper describes the continued progress towards cleaner water, less air pollution and the protection and maintenance of a thriving urban environment.
The situation of Swedish local authorities is rather unique. The municipality has its own departments and public companies for public utilities and controls their actions with the framework of the legislation. In many spheres decision power is delegated from the national to the local level. We have local taxing righto finance the work of the local authority.
Stockholm - (City IQ)
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