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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