GrEEEn Cities: Asia's Next Big Sustainable Boom
GrEEEn Cities take a holistic approach in addressing modern urban challenges by creating inclusive, environmentally sound and economically vibrant urban spaces.
Between 2010 and 2050, Asia's population is anticipated to double in size to 3.2 billion, at which point two-thirds of the population will live in cities. As urban migration skyrockets, the "livability" of many cities plummets.
Urban areas increasingly face intense pressure on their physical infrastructure. Cities also suffer under rapid environmental degradation, inadequate service provision, and increasing exposure to pollution of air, land, and water, as well as traffic congestion, poor transport choices, and exaggerating spatial segregation and social inequality.
The GrEEEn Cities Initiative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping cities adapt to these pressures and, looking forward, work to ensure a balance of economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability, and social equity in future development of livable cities.
Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, Environment, Urban development
Last updated: October 2016
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