Strategic urban planning, a participatory, agile management process, advances a city's ability to work across agencies, jurisdictions and sectors to solve key planning and environmental challenges while maximizing efficiencies. Strategic urban planning can be implemented at various scales, such as across municipal boundaries, city-region or watershed-level, and in collaboration with national governments. This collaborative process aims to engage stakeholders that have not traditionally been involved in urban planning - the private sector, citizen groups and marginalized communities - producing innovative solutions to interconnected challenges. Core strategic urban planning components include setting a vision and baseline, integration, co-production, negotiation, valuing co-benefits, implementation and budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation.
Strategic Urban Planning
Advancing Urban Sustainability for a Green Recovery
Drawing from the experiences of cities under the GEF's Sustainable Cities program (including UrbanShift cities), this report looks at key urban sustainability elements and solutions and discusses strategies that advance green recovery.
Best Practices and Lessons Learnt: Asunción, Paraguay
These three reports showcase sustainable and innovative approaches to tackling issues of urban mobility, waste management and ecosystem conservation in Asunción, Paraguay.
Biodiversity in UrbanShift Cities
These online reports, with interactive maps and figures, provide indicators to measure the state of biodiversity in UrbanShit cities based on comparable global datasets.
Clean air, healthy planet
This framework outlines steps for integrating air quality management and climate action planning at the city level. It supports cities to set visions and strategies to simultaneously tackle climate change, air pollution and public health issues.
Seven Transformations for More Equitable and Sustainable Cities
This synthesis of the World Resources Report recommends seven transformations to create a new dynamic for durable, cross-sectoral, city-wide change and provides a roadmap to more equitable access to core urban services.
Data Ethics Canvas
This tool helps users identify and manage ethical issues related to data use from the beginning to the end of a project.
This guide provides urban leaders a methodology to mainstream gender equity in urban planning and design.
Financing Sustainable Mobility as a Road to Urban Integration
Launched in 2017, Circuito Sur is a sustainable mobility project in Mérida, Mexico that aims to connect the city's underserved southern areas with the center, representing the first step toward a model of urban regeneration, inclusion and resilience.
Mapping Social Landscapes
This guidebook helps planners understand the priorities, values, and resource use patterns of people within a landscape to improve landscape restoration efforts.