Urban areas are increasingly contributing to climate change while also suffering many of its impacts. Moreover, many cities, particularly in developing countries, continue to struggle to provide services, infrastructure and socio-economic opportunities. How do we achieve the global goals on climate change and also make room for allowing global urban development? Increasing levels of awareness and engagement on climate change at the local level, coupled with recent global agreements on climate and development goals, as well as the New Urban Agenda emerging from Habitat III, present an unprecedented opportunity to radically rethink how we develop and manage our cities.
Urbanization and Climate Co-Benefits examines the main opportunities and challenges to the implementation of a co-benefits approach in urban areas. Drawing on the results of empirical research carried out in Brazil, China, Indonesia, South Africa, India and Japan, the book is divided into two parts. The first part uses a common framework to analyse co-benefits across the urban sectors. The second part examines the tools and legal and governance perspectives at the local and international level that can help in planning for co-benefits.
This book will be of great interest to students, practitioners and scholars of urban studies, climate/development policy and environmental studies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
"Cities are playing an increasingly large role in environmental policy making. Urbanization and Climate Co-benefits comprehensively lays out how cities can use the co-benefits approach to plan for environmentally responsible cities, which meets the needs of both people and the planet. The innovative structure of the book, combining theory and planning as well as on the ground experiences makes it highly relevant to both scholars and practitioners at a time when the future of cities is recognized as crucial for global sustainability." - Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Japan
"Urbanization and Climate Co-benefits provides much needed insights through examination of both the technical and non-technical aspects of co-benefits. The book stimulates the reader to think about how such an approach may be implemented across the urban sectors. This book is a very timely contribution as discussions on co-benefits become increasingly prominent at all levels of policymaking." - Shobhakar Dhakal, Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
"This book offers a framework to understand climate co-benefits in cities based on in-depth empirical research carried out by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. It offers an important guide to advance our knowledge on how to develop sustainable cities and to design a road map for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implementing the New Urban Agenda adopted at the 2016 Habitat III Conference in Quito." - Govindan Parayil, Mark & Melody Teppola Presidential Distinguished Professor, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, USA, Former Vice-