Integrated urban environmental plans developed in different Latin
American countries show how to reduce systemic challenges in urban
areas. Overcoming multi-dimensional urban issues requires a holistic
view that includes channels for popular participation, higher level
government support and cross-sector collaboration. However, it does not
exclude a deep understanding of specific local necessities: in Brazil,
transportation was a priority; in Colombia, disaster risk reduction; and
in Argentina, decentralisation of public services. A critical overview
of achievements in these urban environmental governance processes is key
for South Asian and African cities that will need to accommodate most of
the world’s urban growth.
- Good urban governance can limit environmental problems and the risks
generated by unplanned and uncontrolled urban growth.
- Urban environmental problems seem to be best addressed within
integrated, long-term and locally-focused development plans involving
- Urban development programmes work when they have a strong social and
equity dimension and include channels for participatory
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