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.

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Meet the experts

  • Sonia Chand Sandhu
    Senior Advisor to the Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank

    Sonia Chand Sandhu, an environmental engineer and climate resilience and sustainability specialist, has 23 years of international development experience in environmental sustainability, resilience, and integrated institutional solutions for management of multisector infrastructure operations at ADB, the World Bank (South Asia and Africa), and in the private sector. At ADB, she led the GrEEEn Cities Initiative for secondary cities in Southeast Asia for balanced urban transformation and developed innovative knowledge solutions for climate resilience in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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  • Ramola Naik Singru
    Urban Development Specialist, Urban Development and Water Division, Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

    Ramola Naik Singru supports ADB's urban sector development with a focus on integrated development for Livable Cities. She co-led the preparation of the framework for National Urban Assessments and the Inclusive Cities toolkit under ADB's Urban Operational Plan 2012-2020, and co-led ADB's GrEEEn Cities Initiative in Southeast Asia to develop GrEEEn City Action Plans. Ms. Singru is interested in engaging with people to take ownership for shaping their cities, and exploring the interface between urban development, urban-rural linkages, and regional integration.

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   Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, Environment, Urban development
   Last updated: October 2016



The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.

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