Publications

We produce reports and briefings, and commission short pieces or provocations to stimulate debate, enable people to air their opinions and suggest solutions.

We also produce a newsletter for interested people worldwide, bringing together our latest work and providing wider information and international examples.

In order to influence ongoing decision-making, FDSD produces submissions and letters in response to national and international consultations, and raises issues directly, either by ourselves or with partners. We also produce event summaries of some of our most important activities.

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Report

Implications of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 for water governance and democracy

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The theme of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 was that Water Connects across all of sustainable development and across geographies. But to ensure against future conflict and scarcity, the messages and recommendations from the event also highlighted how we need to rethink and create governance models within and across countries.

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Report

Can participation improve environmental governance? Lessons from European water management

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  It is increasingly argued that involving stakeholders and the wider public in planning and decision making leads to more effective environmental governance. But the impact of such participatory planning in practice remains unclear. In this report, the authors compare the impact of different approaches to participatory planning under the European Water Framework Directive (WFD)...

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Provocation

Economics is for Everyone! | Provocation by Graham Smith

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The economy is an area of decision-making fiercely protected by experts and politicians from public participation. But public confidence in this closed policy community is waning and arguments for democratic participation in an area that so profoundly shapes all our lives are growing. Against this backdrop, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has launched an...

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Submission to the UK’s Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into the UK’s domestic implementation of the SDGs

In September 2016, we responded to the Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry: The sustainable development goals in the UK. You can find our submission on the EAC website. We argued that currently Whitehall is not publicly stating, acknowledging or realising the potential of the SDGs to address the UK’s future and current challenges. The EU Referendum...

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Provocation

The EU Referendum and the UK’s Environment: What are the implications for democracy?

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Charlotte Burns and Viviane Gravey argue that the EU Referendum debate in the UK has been "surprisingly quiet on the issue of the environment". They look at three options for the UK from the point of view of their impacts on participatory democracy, as well as point to the tension between participation and stable long term rules for environmental protection. They believe that the terms of the current debate are far too narrow. "National sovereignty is essentially a red herring that offers little in the way of genuine democratisation of environmental (or any other) policy area."

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Provocation

Sustaining democracy in disaster: The seeds of recovery

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Bronwyn Hayward argues that despite the New Zealand Government's attempts to reduce democracy after the 2010-2012 earthquakes, by suspending the Constitution and excluding local voices in decision-making, innovative citizen actions showed alternative, more imaginative and democratic responses to disaster recovery. One example is the Student Volunteer 'Army' who cleared mud and silt, and organised through Facebook.

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