urban sustainability Books

  • From Understanding to Action

    This book provides a framework for the design, implementation, and measurement of sustainable urban development in developing countries. It presents the findings of an AGS-sponsored project. Based on case studies in Johannesburg, Gabarone, and Santiago de Chile, the book identifies challenges and ...

  • State of the Worlds Cities 2006/7 : The Millennium Goals and Urban Sustainability

    During the next 12 months, the world will reach a tipping point and for the first time in history the world’s population will be more urban than rural
    • Epidemic disease, overcrowding, malnutrition, crime – how can the growth of these and other problems be avoided in an urbanized world?
    • This new volume ...

  • Handbook on Urban Sustainability

    Municipal authorities and agencies around the world are striving to place their cities on the road to sustainability. Cities, as very complex entities, offer a constant interaction between people, resources and the environment. This makes strategic planning demanding and difficult. This book, written by ...

  • Local Agenda 21 Experiences in Nakuru: Process, issues and lessons; Local Agenda 21 Series, working paper 10

    This Working Paper examines the processes, challenges and lessons that can be learnt from the Local Agenda 21 programme in Nakuru, Kenya, where rapid population growth and falling standards of service provision have prompted the local authority to adopt LA21 as a new approach to urban planning and ...

  • Rural-urban migration in China: policy options for economic growth, environmental sustainability and equity

    In China, as in many other countries undergoing rapid economic growth, increasing socio-economic inequalities and environmental damage are the main threats to sustainable urbanization. Drawing on international experiences, this paper describes the key issues in urban change in China and identifies the types of ...

  • Sustainable Cities and Energy Policies

    The aim of this book is to highlight the great potential of decentralized (i.e. local or urban) energy policies in achieving environmentally-benign developments for modern cities. Urban sustainability is placed in the context of the debate on global sustainable development. A wide array of policy ...

  • Dimensions of the Sustainable City

    The CityForm consortium’s latest book, Dimensions of the Sustainable City, is the first book to report on an empirical multi-disciplinary study specifically designed to address urban sustainability. Drawing together the various dimensions of sustainability – economic, social, transport, energy and ...

  • Dimensions of the Sustainable City

    The CityForm consortium’s latest book, Dimensions of the Sustainable City, is the first book to report on an empirical multi-disciplinary study specifically designed to address urban sustainability. Drawing together the various dimensions of sustainability – economic, social, transport, energy and ...

  • Sustainable Urban Transport in an Asian Context

    Systems of transportation long ago developed out of the profound human need to connect and communicate. Transport today is still the only means for the physical movement of goods and people. Alongside the evolution of transportation and communication technologies, the astounding phenomenon of urbanization has ...

  • Water and Cities: Ensuring Sustainable Futures

    This report focuses on the urban water management challenges facing cities across OECD countries, and explores both national and local policy responses with respect to water-risk exposure, the state of urban infrastructures and dynamics, and institutional and governance architectures. The analyses focus on ...

  • The Sustainable City V

    A sustainable city is widely recognised as one which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In The Sustainable City V many interrelated aspects of the urban environment from transport and mobility to social exclusions and crime ...

  • Planning Sustainable Cities : Global Report on Human Settlements 2009

    Current urban planning systems are not equipped to deal with the major urban challenges of the 21st century, including effects of climate change, resource depletion and economic instability, plus continued rapid urbanization with its negative consequences such as poverty, slums and urban informality. These ...

  • Data Requirements for Integrated Urban Water Management

    Drawing on UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme project on this topic, Data Requirements for Integrated Urban Water Managements explores how to improve integrated urban water management, It provides guidance on the collection, validation, storage, assessment and utilization of the relevant data. The ...

  • Data Requirements for Integrated Urban Water Management: Urban Water Series - UNESCO-IHP

    Drawing on UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme project on this topic, Data Requirements for Integrated Urban Water Managements explores how to improve integrated urban water management, It provides guidance on the collection, validation, storage, assessment and utilization of the relevant data. The ...

  • Sustainable Cities Revisited II : Environment and Urbanization 11.2

    areas.~Sustainable manufacturing.~Pro-poor urban regeneration.~Partnerships for Local Agenda ...

  • Sustainable Development of European Cities and Regions

    Sustainable development has been the basic goal of the European Union since the Treaty of Amsterdam. After an in-depth analysis of the concept, the book goes on to translate the concept into practicable and tangible opportunities for urban and regional sustainable development. Extensive lists of ...

  • Data Requirements for Integrated Urban Water Management

    Integrated urban water management relies on data allowing us to analyse, understand and predict the behaviour of the individual water cycle components and their interactions. The concomitant monitoring of the complex of urban water system elements makes it possible to grasp the entirety of relations among the ...

  • Can a City Be Sustainable? (State of the World)

    Cities are the world’s future. Today, more than half of the global population—3.7 billion people—are urban dwellers, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and ...

  • Urban Groundwater Management and Sustainability

    Urbanization modifies underlying groundwater systems. This often leads to adverse hydrological, water quality, geotechnical, and socio-economic effects which jeopardize sustainability. Indeed, for many urban aquifers world-wide, we do not know whether there even exist socially-acceptable sustainable ...

  • Urban Groundwater Management and Sustainability

    Urbanization modifies underlying groundwater systems. This often leads to adverse hydrological, water quality, geotechnical, and socio-economic effects which jeopardize sustainability. Indeed, for many urban aquifers world-wide, we do not know whether there even exist socially-acceptable sustainable ...

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