Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: From the MDGs to the SDGs and Habitat III

In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals. And the UN Conference Habitat III to be held in October 2016 is meant to agree on “the new urban agenda” through which these goals are to be met. This issue of Environment and Urbanization looks critically at whether the much-needed changes in urban policy and practice will be achieved. It includes papers on:

  • what inclusive urbanization actually means (and whether governments will act on it)
  • the rapidly expanding urban agenda but with diminishing expectations for Habitat III
  • the return to large, heavily subsidized and inappropriate mass housing
  • the high rates of return that can come from good urban policy
  • whether we need a new urban agenda for refugees/those displaced by conflict
  • whether urban centres are taken seriously in the post-2015 Agenda
  • indicators that allow cities to measure and monitor their SDG performance
  • missing the MDG targets for water and sanitation in urban areas
  • getting public and environmental health back into urban agendas

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Book notes

Conservation for Cities by Robert McDonald widens the traditional concept of conservation, as biodiversity protection, and introduces it as a tool for using nature to improve the lives of city dwellers. His book is based on the idea that nature is imperative to cities’ ability to survive and thrive. Furthermore, because this century will see the fastest urban growth so far in history and risk severing vital bonds between cities and nature, attention to these bonds is necessary.

A publication of Down to Earth magazine, Why Urban India Floods reviews the state of urban flooding across India and its relation to urbanization and drainage, which is often neglected. Sengupta contends that the occurrence of urban floods in India is increasing, and she links this to inadequate attention and value given to natural water bodies, in particular wetlands.

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In the week of the urban-themed 10th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation, we ask what is needed for this approach to succeed in urban spaces.
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Join us for a discussion on the likely outcomes and impacts of this year's UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III – as well as the launch of the April issue of Environment & Urbanization.

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