What is PS4SD?
PublicStrategy for Sustainable Development is a think-tank and advisory network established 2012, based in Brussels and The Hague. PS4SD combines the expertise and experience with governance, impact assessment and stakeholder engagement of its founders Louis Meuleman and Ingeborg Niestroy and their associates. In our work we develop new solutions for the stumbling blocks that governments, civil society, science and business are facing in their attempts to move towards sustainable societies.
Dr. Ingeborg Niestroy studied (physical) geography, worked as planner for transport projects, and has ever since been interested in governance questions of environmental integration and sustainable development, firstly culminating in her PhD thesis on Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Dr. Louis Meuleman has an MsC in environ-mental biology and a PhD in public administra-tion. He has more than 30 years of public-sector experience. As an academic he publishes about meta- and transgovernance, especially in the context of sustainable development.
Revision of the national environment strategy of the Kingdom of Bhutan
On 24 December 2013, a kick-off meeting took place of the new Taskforce (picture) which will be responsible for the revision of the 1998 National Environment Strategy (NES), 'The Middle Path', of Bhutan. This strategy has guided Bhutan's development paradigm since 1998 with regard to environmental safeguards and development. More recently, Gross national Happiness principles along with the adoption of the Constitution of Bhutan in 2008, have broadened the scope. In 2009, the royal government also issued a declaration of carbon neutrality, and in 2010 an Economic Development Policy which promotes "green growth" was presented. PS4SD's Inge Niestroy and Louis Meuleman volonteered to assist the start-up of the revision process between 21 December 2013 and 4 January 2014.