Upward and Outward Growth
Managing Urban Expansion for More Equitable Cities in the Global South
This paper guides city officials to manage urban sprawl with strategic land-use policy action to build more productive and equitable cities.
Urban areas are expected to triple in size between 2000 and 2030. Unmanaged urban expansion increases the costs of service provision, deepens spatial inequities, and imposes heavy economic and environmental burdens.
This resource highlights strategies that cities can adopt to manage urban sprawl in a way that ensures more equal and productive cities, including: 1. Prioritizing spatial equity over land speculation through regulations and incentives; 2. Incrementally increasing the supply of serviced land with partnerships to finance core services; 3. Integrating existing informal settlements while creating affordable density. This paper was produced by WRI and provides executive summaries in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.
Paris International Forum to End Plastic Pollution in Cities
UrbanShift, global Mayors and city leaders held a series of critical discussions around the need for solutions to minimize the impact of plastic on the planet.
5 Priorities for Urban Climate Action in 2023 and Beyond
Changing our approach to cities must be at the center of efforts to thwart climate change. As we move further into this decisive decade, here are five critical areas of action for cities.
Plastic Pollution & Cities: Building Momentum Towards a Global Plastics Treaty
At this circular economy-themed webinar, we heard from experts, city representatives and waste pickers about the causes & consequences of plastic pollution in cities, and what cities can do to initiate a just transition to a plastic-free economy.
How Forests Near and Far Benefit People in Cities
A growing body of research shows that even forests located far away from urban centers provide tremendous benefits in regulating the global climate, water and biodiversity systems that are essential to people’s health and quality of life.