Urban Environmental Management
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A repository of Information on Urban Japan

The Japan Urban Observatory is part of the Global Urban Observatories network initiated by UNCHS (Habitat). More information can be had from the UNCHS Website

Aims and Objectives:

The Japan Urban Observatory (JUO) aims at bringing together disparate urban resources in Japan on a three pronged approach:
  • Research and development
  • Education and Training
  • Policy and programme development
It has three key functions - (1) develop an information repository (in terms of gathering, collating, packaging and disseminating information); (2) collate research and training resources (in terms of organizing training sessions, and seminars and conferences) and (3) facilitate educational activities (knowledge developed from the activities of the center will be fed back into capacity building exercises.

Activities and Collaborations:

The JUO research aims at highlighting issues at the cutting edge of the urban arena. These will include identification of key challenges faced by urban areas in Japan. It records the tools and strategies that are being used to analyze the local situation and develop innovative solutions at the local level. Decision-making processes, and the resources necessary to facilitate the process, are also be covered.

To carry out the above, the JUO research themes include:

  • Capacity Building
  • Energy Resources
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Urban Governance
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Local Agenda 21
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Urban Waste Management
  • Water Resources

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