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.



The urgent need to make growth in Southeast Asian cities green

This chapter examines urbanisation and economic growth trends in Southeast Asian cities, and the associated infrastructure, environmental and social challenges. An emphasis is placed on cities of the ASEAN-5 region comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. The identification of the main characteristics and development patterns of cities in this region points to the urgent need to green Southeast Asian cities’ dynamic economic growth. After briefly introducing the topic, the chapter discusses urbanisation and economic development trends of Southeast Asian cities. It then moves on to discuss infrastructure and environmental challenges and social challenges and their economic and environmental repercussions. It closes with a short conclusion.


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