Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia

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The Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia project explores how to promote green growth in cities in Asia, examining policies and governance practices that encourage environmental sustainability and competitiveness in a rapidly expanding economy. This synthesis report presents the results of case studies along with practical policy recommendations, reflecting the local contexts of Southeast Asia. While Southeast Asian cities are affected by a range of economic, infrastructure, environmental and social challenges, ongoing rapid development offers opportunities to shift towards greener growth models. The concept of urban green growth can be a powerful vector of sustainable development, by emphasising the existence and potential of co-benefits between economic and environmental performance.



Seizing untapped opportunities

Green growth policies in Southeast Asian cities

This chapter reviews current policies and practices in the Southeast Asian cities. It identifies opportunities and benefits existing in the green growth strategic areas and offers innovative policy recommendations for urgent implementation. The first section aims to answer the question “where are the potential areas?”. It presents the numerous areas of opportunity at the disposal of cities in the following six policy areas: land use and transport, energy, housing and buildings, water resource management, solid waste management, and green industries and services. The second section provides an analysis of the six policy areas in the case study cities. Gaps are identified and recommendations and useful examples from other OECD/non-OECD cities are highlighted. The third section highlights key policy strategies to maximise the complementarities and synergies across policy areas. Other cross-sector policy strategies particularly relevant in the context of emerging economies (demand-side policies, policies for long-term growth, ICT innovation for growth, etc.) are also discussed. The final section summarises the key message and indicates the way forward.


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