THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTER
The Urban Sphere
We all like to live in cities ...

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U rban areas are an enigma, an oxymoron of advantages and disadvantages, of good and bad, of happy and sad things ... On one hand, it is seen as a settlement of choice for an increasing number of the world's populance, but this is difficult to reconcile with the huge amounts of resources consumed and wastes generated. Larger issues of political inaction, lopsided policy formulation and decision-making have had negative impacts on the urban environment and the quality of life enjoyed by its residents.

Quite obviously, a pragmatic approach in maximizing the benefits offered by cities, and minimizing its negative impacts, is key to enhancing the sustainability of cities. The flagship theme page under the urban sphere deals with urban environmental management. The UEM pages look at urban areas as the intersection of natural, built, and socio-economic environments. GDRC's urban sphere also explores the themes of urban governance and urban heritage and conservation.

Themes under the Urban Sphere

Urban Environmental Management

More information on the WWW Virtual Libraries This GDRC programme is a designated 'WWW Virtual Library' on Urban Environmental Management
So what can we do with urban environments, since they are starting points for most global environment problems?
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The UEM Homepage is an output of the Urban Environmental Management Research Initiative (UEMRI), a grouping of urban planning researchers from around the world. It looks at urban areas as the intersection of natural, built, and socio-economic environments. urban environment, ecology, urban planning, urban design, green business, green building, urban management, environmental technology, alternative energy, waste, water, tourism
Urban Governance So what is needed for good governance at the local level? Considering that most problems, conflicts and risks have a strong local dimension?
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The GDRC programme on Urban Governance looks at the issues of accessibility, accountability, tTransparency and efficiency within the governance orbits of a city/urban area. It looks at issues such as poverty, leadership etc. and its links to urban governance. governance, accessibility, accountability, transparency, efficiency, city, cities, urban, leadership, mediation, risk, conflict
Urban Heritage and Conservation So what do we gain from preserving and managing heritage assets? What are the externalities of heritage conservation?
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Effective conservation of heritage resources not only help in revitalizing local economies, but also brings about a sense of identity and belonging to residents. This GDRC programme explores the various dimensions of heritage conservation from an urban perspective heritage, conservation, preservation, protection, restoration, culture, history, buildings


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