Cities & Urbanisation
Governing Sustainable Cities
Urban local authorities have been some of the most committed institutions working towards sustainable development during the last decade. A survey undertaken by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) showed that over 6000 local authorities had started Local Agenda 21 or similar planning processes, with their citizens, the aim being to develop strategies for future development that reconcile a good quality of life with the need to reduce the use of natural resources.
Interest in the urban challenges raised by the growing debates on sustainable development and global environmental change has increased very rapidly in recent years. This book builds on this growing interest in the role of cities in the sustainable development process, examining both specific problems of urban environmental degradation and the contribution cities can make to broader goals of attaining global sustainability.