Cities and the Sustainability Dimensions

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Cities are the epicenters of economic prosperity, and that makes them vulnerable to various stresses both of environment and social dimensions. However, due to their higher per capita incomes and improved systems and infrastructure, they are equally capable to respond to certain corrective and futuristic measures. For the urban systems to sustain, they need to have abundant supply of resources as well as improved systemic efficiency in using the resources available to them. This accounting to both internal and external sustainability would be possible only by embarking onto ecological efficiency in various segments of the urban system accounting to production and consumption. Therefore, the cities have to develop a combination of policies to address in tandem and realize ecologically efficient production, ecologically efficient landscaping, ecological friendly culture, ecologically efficient and secured services provision, and ecologically efficient sanitation system. These five components as part of eco-city would help cities not only for their environmental sustainability but also on social equity and economic prosperity.


Urban Agglomeration Ecological Security Circular Economy Ecological Principle Industrial Symbiosis 
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This chapter is based on the report “Scoping Paper for the Establishment of a UNESCAP Eco-city Development Award,” submitted by the author to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok. The support extended by UN-ESCAP for this work is duly acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR)Goregaon, MumbaiIndia

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