President Clinton agreed to the convention etc., but the Senate refused to ratify it. Among other things, the strategy employed a gap analysis, which inventoried all plants and animals and their habitats and overlayed land ownership patterns to target areas not adequately protected from human economic activity. The pattern was to establish large protected core areas, surround them with a buffer area of limited use on federal lands and restrict use on adjacent private lands to that compatible with ecosystem/biodiversity needs. Core areas were to be connected by broad biodiversity corridors and transcontinental habitat linkages. Most human settlement would be in concentrated towns planned for Smart Growth.
Clinton/Gore implemented the principles Administratively through the National Perfomance Review, Interagency Ecosystem Management Task Force, Ecosystem Management Coordinating Group, National Biological Service, and Executive Order establishing the Presidents Council on Sustainable Development. The Northwest Forest Plan for the northern spotted owl and 1000+ species was one of the first large projects implemented by the Clinton Administration using the pattern.
Other initiatives such as mass declaration of National Monuments, set asides of vast Roadless Areas and the National Landscape Conservation System advanced a re-wilding scheme. Environmental groups strategically petitioned, lobbied and sued to declare Wilderness Areas and Wild and Scenic Rivers, restrict land an water use through the Endangered Species and Clean Water Act. Conservation Land Trusts did clean up with battered landowners setting up conservation easements or purchasing the land outright to be transfered to the federal government. (You can read more about this here: (go about mid-way through the page) http://users.sisqtel.net/armstrng/agenda21.htm
President Obama has recently accelerated Administration implementation through his American Great Outdoors Initiative: Recommendation 8.3: Manage federal lands and waters to create and protect critical wildlife corridors and maintain landscape connectivity in collaboration with other public and private stakeholders. Recommendation 8.4: Engage the public to identify and recommend potential sites on existing federal lands for protection under the 1906 Antiquities Act. Increasing budgets for private land acquisition: BLM -$22,000,000; USFWS- $55,000,000; National Park Service - $95,000,000; Forest Service - $33,000,000 and Land and Water Conservation Fund - $900 million.
Obama also issued E.O. 13563 "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review; http://www.fws.gov/endangered/improving_ESA/eo13563_01182011.pdf Departments such as the Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, EPA and Bureau of Land Management are changing the entire law by by-passing Congress and writing UN implementing provisions into their rulemaking. DOI Secretary Salazar has directed an internal assessment of new "wild lands" to be set aside from use bypassing Congress' authority to declare Wilderness.
Another vehicle of implemetation has been the varies treaties on climate change. The State of California is rapidly implementing that and the biodiversity agenda. A gap analysis has been done. The CA Dept of Fish and Game and Dept. of Transportation have their California Essential Habitat Connectivity Project: A Strategy for Conserving a Connected California. The CA Legacy program has targeted private land for "protection" and acquisition through purchase or conservation easements. The California Air Resources Board has established its sustainable communities program. and AB 32 http://ab32.org/ includes a California Strategic Growth Council and the new CA Health in All Policies Task Force which folds environmentalism into health priorities.
Last but not least is Exec. Order S-04-10; "Vision California" - Report Charting our Future (New Land Use Policy.)Our frog has been thoroughly cooked.
How will we survive without an agreement on a framework? Couldn’t they at least have forwarded a motion for the creation of an ad hoc subcommittee to suggest a provisional agreement on a framework?
equity, not only within our societies but globally, will need to become more fully integrated into our institutions and our policies”
That’s funny. Just a few decades ago, third world governments were striving to be more like Western countries. Now, Western governments want us to be like sub-Saharan Africa.
I guess they couldn’t sustain the talks.
Folks, over on USA jobs RIGHT NOW, the jobs are advertised for the directors/deputy directors..........
Along with commoditites auditors, etc., for when carbon is traded, I suppose.
We’re talking $200K type jobs.
Sustainable development means crippling the US economy with environmental terrorism while sending our wealth overseas. Simple.
Poverty is the only really sustainable development.