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Environmental Governance, Legislative Goals, Integration, Nova Scotia, Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act


This paper explores the role that legislation can play in addressing the governance obstacles to the enactment and implementation of effective environmental laws. It uses the experience of Nova Scotia under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, 2007, to suggest that legislation that codifies an integrated program of goals for improved environmental governance can help to ensure that governments follow through on their environmental policy commitments, including those promising integration of environmental policy priorities into other areas of governmental activity.


This is available in Implementing Environmental Law edited by Paul Martin and Amanda Kennedy, published in 2015, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd ISBN: 978 1 78347 930 6

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