Integrative regional action planning requires coordinated activity
linking several key realms of sustainable regional planning and
development. Some of the realms of action that the Mantaray Team draws
upon to deal with the multiple crises outlined earlier include:
1. Improve the local/regional financial infrastructure:
(This section on finance outlines a process successfully
applied by Economic Innovation International and Sustainable Systems
Inc. The former has created US$100 billion in regional development
funds in North America, Europe, and Asia through variations on the
strategy outlined here. Sustainable Systems is an affiliate of the
- Form a consortium of public, private, and civil
sources of investment that are aligned with the dual economic and
environmental aims of the initiative.
- Create investment funds for the private sector
activities that grow out of action projects. (Venture, real estate,
land cleanup, and sustainable farming support.)
- Set up a virtual or real incubator for ventures receiving investments from these funds.
2. Base local economic development planning in the requirements for regional sustainability.
3. Provide standards, incentives and support for design, planning and construction of a high performance built environment:
- Understand regional natural and human resources and constraints.
- Identify economic development opportunities strongly based in regional needs and resources.
- Consider development opportunities in the restoration of damaged ecosystems and the recovery of value from society's discards.
- Avoid the illusion of yesterday's "new economy" . Silicon Valley has already happened and moved to Asia.
3. Conduct development master planning processes in the context of integrative regional action planning:
- Urban and regional plans with relatively high density, mixed use, and mixed income patterns.
- In infrastructure rehabitation, seek advanced
- Residential, commercial, industrial, public, and farm buildings designed to higher than LEED standards.
4. Provide standards, incentives and support for high performance manufacturing systems and products:
- Master planning for a specific property accounts for
conservation of regional resources and abatement of regional
- Augment the environmental (and socio-economic)
impact statement with a statement of likely positive impacts of the
- The development company or land owner leads creation
of a public private partnership to leverage the project’s positive
5. Provide incentives and support for the transition to sustainable farming;
- Set goals for reducing pollution and resource
consumption/unit of GDP through higher efficiency of production and
improved product design.
- Strengthen voluntary programs for pollution prevention and cleaner, more sustainable production.
- Design for high performance products that are efficient in operation, durable, repairable, recyclable, etc.
6. Establish a framework for adapting to climate change in the region in focus
- Evaluate the feasibility for an agro-eco-industrial
park for organic processing, distribution, marketing co-ops, and
support firms and public agencies.
- Create funds for development of support firms such
as integrated pest management, products and services to build soil
productivity, and holistic organic consulting.
- Link government and university and college ag research and extension programs in to support the transition.
7. Strengthen support for renewal of natural capital
- Set targets and create incentives and support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors.
- Evaluate existing scenarios that project impacts of
climate change in your region on farming, water resources, industrry,
towns and suburbs.
- Identify highest risk locations, economic sectors, and ecosystems.
- Quantify the potential costs of not preparing for
climate change and the benefits of region wide preventive and response
- Develop strategies for adaptation based on most likely impacts and highest risks.
- Involve all agencies of cities, counties, and regional governments.
8. Integrate and coordinate urban. rural, and wild land planning
- Achieve coordination among soil and watershed conservation districts and restoration initiatives.
- Assemble funding for conservation of habitats and
biodiversity, and for restoration of ecosystems from private, civic,
and public sources.
- Support enterprise development in the region, such
as native plant nurseries, restoration NGOs, and ecological engineering
- See all of the action areas outlined above as a whole system, each supporting the other.
- Geographic information systems
- Graphic system mapping
- Scenario planning and visioning processes
- Evaluate existing regional land use plans in terms
of sustainable ecological, economic, and social values (using
conservation and renewal of natural capital as an underlying value.)
- Study the regional metabolism or flow of resources across urban, suburban, rural, and wild areas.
- Assess combined biomass output from urban and rural
sources in the region (using GIS system) and project critical points
for applying advanced technology for bio-energy and bio-products.
- Identify priorities for regulatory enforcement and
voluntary programs to address major sources of pollution and low
efficiency of resource use.
- Identify points for upgrading of infrastructure that yield high value for the investment.
This list only begins to suggest what comprehensive action will require.
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