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This report focuses on the critical environmental challenges facing the world's rapidly expanding urban areas.

TitleWorld resources 1996-97 : a guide to the global environment : the urban environment
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsWorld Bank -Washington, DC, US, UNDP -New York, NY, US, World Resources Institute -Washington, DC, US, UNEP -Nairobi, KE
Paginationxiv, 365 p. : boxes, fig., photogr., tab.
Date Published1996-01-01
PublisherOxford University Press
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number0195211618
Keywordsenergy, environment, forestry, solid wastes, statistics, sustainable development, urban areas, water resources management
Abstract

This report focuses on the critical environmental challenges facing the world's rapidly expanding urban areas. The section on the urban environment explores the range of urban environmental problems in developing and developed countries and analyzes key policies for addressing them. In particular, the report examines the impact of urban environmental conditions on the health of the people who live in cities and on urban economic productivity. It considers how urban areas affect the surrounding ecosystems and the global environment.Turning to solutions, the report examines priorities for action on the urban environment, from providing water and sanitation to reducing air pollution (the "Brown agenda") to improving land use planning. Finally, it considers longer-term strategies, such as mobilizing communities, for creating more livable and environmentally friendly cities and towns. As with previous volumes, World Resources 1996-97 also surveys conditions and trends for important global issues and includes core country data in each of the major resource categories.

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