Sustainable regional development is the application of sustainable development at a regional , rather than local, national or global level. It differs to regional development per se, the latter is a term used to describe economic development that emphasizes the alleviation of regional disparities. Whereas regional development has an economic and equity emphasis.
Australia, where the Institute for Sustainable Regional Development has been established (1997) for the purpose of developing integrated, multi- and inter-disciplinary strategies for environmental and socio-economic change in regional Australia. 
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