This book introduces the concept of community innovation and illustrates its role and impact in promoting sustainability. It includes nine case studies from the Asia-Pacific region where communities are adopting innovative methods to address complex and unpredictable environmental problems and promote sustainable development. This often requires new cultures, institutions and governance structures, as well as dramatic changes in people’s perceptions, attitudes, roles and behaviours.
The authors examine environmental initiatives within the region, including natural resource management, eco-tourism, forest management, solid waste management, and water management. The book offers a rich balance of perspectives from experts in community development, urban planning and local environmental management, as well as community leaders, local government officials, journalists, non-governmental organization representatives and academics. It provides theoretical and practical insights for communities and those who provide support to communities at the local, regional and global levels of governance.
Jerry Velasquez is a Programme Specialist at the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. He was previously an Academic Programme Officer at United Nations University (UNU) and Coordinator of the UNU Global Environment Information Centre, Tokyo, Japan. Makiko Yashiro is a Research Associate at UNU Global Environment Information Centre. Susan Yoshimura is a Researcher in leadership and environmental governance, and a former campaigner at Greenpeace Japan. Izumi Ono is a Programme Associate at UNU Global Environment Information Centre.