This book starts with the evaluation of LA21 by exploring the vision of the sustainable development, Agenda 21 (A21), Local Agenda 21 (LA21) with analyzing its key issues, implementation, common characteristics, participation tools and its possible strengths and weaknesses. After the clarification of the background of the LA21 process, the evaluation of LA21 program in Turkey is critically searched with exploring the National Report and Action Plan of Turkey, National Agenda 21, Development Plans and Sustainable Development Concept, UN Summits having particular importance for the city councils and lastly, Turkey LA21 Projects. Furthermore, after the end of the LA21 program in Turkey, the process sustained via the city councils that the concept of the city council, the linkages of LA21 program with the city councils and the By-Laws of the city council are deeply explored to evaluate the transition from LA21 to the city councils in Turkey. Consequently, it can be stated that this book can be used as a guide for the researches concerning local governments and also be benefited by the lecturers/ students who are interested in Public Administration and Local Government Studies.
The research aims to approach the issues not only from the point of view of state but from the point of view of all actors to whom responsibility is assigned while mentioning the implementation in Turkey by assessing the philosophy of Local Agenda 21 Program. The implementation of the Harran Municipality implementing the Local Agenda 21 program was investigated within this scope. The level of achievement of the Local Agenda 21 adopted in Turkey and policies in the reviewed sample implementation were assessed. The paper includes proposals that will allow all local administrations in Turkey to query their own programs within the framework of the local Agenda 21 action program in a manner to participate in the process o urban transformation, to come up with local sustainable development policies and establish short and long term strategic plans aimed at solving problems.