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Eco Budget

Eco Budget

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Decision makers in local government face the ongoing challenge of how to provide services to the residents with limited resources. Whether drilling a new well to provide drinking water, renewing a road surface, buying new buses or issuing driving licences, municipal services require resources.

Next to skilled human resources, municipal services also require financial and natural resources. New trucks cost clean air in that their operation burns oxygen, emits carbon dioxide, creates dust, and has negative impact on human health. A new road costs biodiversity in that green space is converted into asphalt and natural habitats are split and separated. At the same time, a new road produces noise, i.e. it costs tranquillity. Similarly, new housing areas impose costs in terms of biodiversity, clean air, agricultural soil, and fresh water since the additional inhabitants will convert more fresh water into sewage. Clearly, municipal action always has both fi nancial and natural cost implications.
Decision makers in local government face the ongoing challenge of how to provide services to the residents with limited resources. Whether drilling a new well to provide drinking water, renewing a road surface, buying new buses or issuing driving licences, municipal services require resources.

Next to skilled human resources, municipal services also require financial and natural resources. New trucks cost clean air in that their operation burns oxygen, emits carbon dioxide, creates dust, and has negative impact on human health. A new road costs biodiversity in that green space is converted into asphalt and natural habitats are split and separated. At the same time, a new road produces noise, i.e. it costs tranquillity. Similarly, new housing areas impose costs in terms of biodiversity, clean air, agricultural soil, and fresh water since the additional inhabitants will convert more fresh water into sewage. Clearly, municipal action always has both fi nancial and natural cost implications.

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 Forewords 4
 Money is not the only resource the full cost of municipal action 6
 Managing resources through a budget 7
 Responsible for all resources 8
 
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: Integrated management of all municipal resources 9
 The phases of the
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 Why manage environmental resources through a budget? 16
 
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 is Participatory Budgeting 17
 Six good reasons for
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 Responding to the climate change challenge 20
 
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in practice 21
 
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 partnership 27
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Imprint
The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries, or regarding its economic system or degree of development. The analysis, conclusions and recommendations of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, or its Member States.
Authors
 Holger Robrecht, David Meyrick
Contributors 
Bedoshruti Sadhukhan, Emani Kumar, Prof. Asesh Maitra (India), Victorino Aquitania (Philippines), Prof. Johan Nel (South Africa), Andrea Burzacchini (Germany)
Layout
 Raimund Tauss, Papyrus Medientechnik GmbH, Freiburg
Copyright ©
 United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, 2008.
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 is a registered trademark of the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability European Secretariat GmbH
Publication identification number  
HS 992/08 E

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