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Integrating the environment in urban planning and management

Integrating the environment in urban planning and management

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Increasing urbanization will be one of the defining features of the 21st century.
This produces particular environmental challenges, but also creates opportunities
for urban development that can contribute to broader goals of improving the quality
of life for urban residents while achieving greater levels of global sustainability.
Recognizing the increasing role of cities, this report builds on the 2007 report
Liveable Cities: the benefits of urban environmental planning to explore how a variety
of issues have been taken into account in different urban areas, and how a range of
activities have been implemented that show the potential for integrating the environment
in urban planning and management. Since the launch of the Liveable Cities
report in 2007, cities have become increasingly prominent in terms of addressing
global environmental issues.
While the 2007 report focused on a listing of tools that the city government could
use to integrate environment issues into city processes, this report sought to understand
how the tools were used by cities. Focusing on the City Development Strategy
(CDS), the report draws on two main data sets to determine the effectiveness of
using the CDS to integrate environmental issues into the planning process. Firstly,
it draws on an analysis of documentation from 15 cities in Africa, Asia and Latin
America that have engaged in the process of developing a City Development Strategy
under the auspices of Cities Alliance. Secondly, it incorporates insights from indepth
workshops conducted with three additional cities (Metro Manila [Philippines]
[specifically Makati City and Quezon City], Kampala [Uganda] and Accra [Ghana])
that have engaged in this process. From these two sources, the report extracts
two key elements that cities can use to integrate their priority environment issues in
urban planning and management.
Increasing urbanization will be one of the defining features of the 21st century.
This produces particular environmental challenges, but also creates opportunities
for urban development that can contribute to broader goals of improving the quality
of life for urban residents while achieving greater levels of global sustainability.
Recognizing the increasing role of cities, this report builds on the 2007 report
Liveable Cities: the benefits of urban environmental planning to explore how a variety
of issues have been taken into account in different urban areas, and how a range of
activities have been implemented that show the potential for integrating the environment
in urban planning and management. Since the launch of the Liveable Cities
report in 2007, cities have become increasingly prominent in terms of addressing
global environmental issues.
While the 2007 report focused on a listing of tools that the city government could
use to integrate environment issues into city processes, this report sought to understand
how the tools were used by cities. Focusing on the City Development Strategy
(CDS), the report draws on two main data sets to determine the effectiveness of
using the CDS to integrate environmental issues into the planning process. Firstly,
it draws on an analysis of documentation from 15 cities in Africa, Asia and Latin
America that have engaged in the process of developing a City Development Strategy
under the auspices of Cities Alliance. Secondly, it incorporates insights from indepth
workshops conducted with three additional cities (Metro Manila [Philippines]
[specifically Makati City and Quezon City], Kampala [Uganda] and Accra [Ghana])
that have engaged in this process. From these two sources, the report extracts
two key elements that cities can use to integrate their priority environment issues in
urban planning and management.

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Published by: United Nations Environment Programme on Feb 06, 2014
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KEY PRINCIPLES AND APPROACHES FOR CITIES IN THE 21
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INTEGRATING THE ENVIRONMENT IN URBAN PLANNING  AND MANAGEMENT
 
INTEGRATING THE ENVIRONMENT IN URBAN PLANNING  AND MANAGEMENT
KEY PRINCIPLES AND APPROACHES FOR CITIES IN THE 21
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 CENTURY
David Dodman, Gordon McGranahan and Barry Dalal-ClaytonInternational Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

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