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Urban environment and infrastructure : toward livable cities /
Anthony G. Bigio and Bharat Dahiya.
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Washington, DC : World Bank, c2004.
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xxi, 149 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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0821357964 (pbk.)
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Washington, DC : World Bank, c2004.
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0821357964 (pbk.)
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5159250
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 138-143) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Anthony G. Bigio is a Senior Urban Specialist in the Infrastructure Department of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank Bharat Dahiya is a Consultant in the Urban Development Unit of the World Bank
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Main Description
The "brown agenda," or urban environmental issues, became an important part of the international policy agenda following the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Urban environmental issues continue to remain a major challenge in the cities of developing countries. The World Bank strengthened its focus on urban environmental management with the adoption of this brown agenda as part of the Bank's urban livability program.'Urban Environment and Infrastructure' reviews the World Bank's activities to improve urban environmental quality. It sets out the Bank's expanded brown agenda and emphasizes the crucial importance of infrastructure and environmental interventions in order to improve livability in cities in developing countries. The World Bank has more than US$12 billion worth of active commitments aimed at improving urban environmental quality. While the Bank's investments are directed at much needed basic environmental services especially for the urban poor, the challenge of improving urban environment or livability in large cities needs further attention.Increasing climate variability, its impacts, especially sea-level rise, and urban impacts of natural disasters are becoming more and more part of the daily challenges facing cities in the developing world, seventy percent of which are located on the coasts. The volume provides pragmatic recommendations on how to deal with the challenge of this expanded brown agenda.
Long Description
Thebrown agendaor urban environmental issues became an important part of the international policy agenda following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro, 1992). Urban environmental issues continue to remain a major challenge in the cities of developing countries. The World Bank strengthened its focus on urban environmental management with the adoption of thisbrown agendaas part of the Bank's urban livability program.Urban Environment and Infrastructurereviews the World Bank's activities to improve urban environmental quality. It sets out the Bank's expandedbrown agendaand emphasizes the crucial importance of infrastructure and environmental interventions in order to improve livability in cities in developing countries. The World Bank has more than US$12 billion worth of active commitments aimed at improving urban environmental quality. While the Bank's investments are directed at much needed basic environmental services especially for the urban poor, the challenge of improving urban environment or livability in large cities needs further attention. Increasing climate variability, its impacts, especially sea-level rise, and urban impacts of natural disasters are becoming more and more part of the daily challenges facing cities in the developing world, seventy percent of which are located on the coasts. The volume provides pragmatic recommendations on how to deal with the challenge of this expandedbrown agenda.
Unpaid Annotation
Urban Environment and Infrastructure reviews the World Bank's activities to improve urban environmental quality. It sets out the Bank's expanded brown agenda and emphasizes the crucial importance of infrastructure and environmental interventions in order to improve livability in cities in developing countries.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
About the Authorsp. xii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Executive Summaryp. xiv
Main Findings of the Portfolio Reviewp. 1
Objectives of the Urban Environment Portfolio Reviewp. 3
The World Bank's Commitment to Improving the Quality of the Urban Environmentp. 5
Portfolio Review Methodologyp. 9
Profile of the Portfoliop. 14
Sector Contributions to the Portfoliop. 22
Urban Environmental Investments in Small and Large Citiesp. 36
The Role of Local Government, Civil Society, and the Private Sectorp. 41
Institutional Strengthening and Technical Assistancep. 46
Tracking the Quality of the Urban Environment Portfoliop. 49
Using Monitoring Indicators to Measure Progressp. 51
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Urban Environment Portfoliop. 56
Recommendations for Future Workp. 59
Case Studiesp. 63
China: Liaoning Environment Projectp. 67
India: Bombay Sewage Disposal Projectp. 73
Colombia: Cartagena Water Supply, Sewerage, and Environmental Management Projectp. 79
Guinea: Third Urban Development Projectp. 85
Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela: Caracas Slum-Upgrading Projectp. 91
Nicaragua: Natural Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projectp. 97
Latvia: Municipal Solid Waste Management Projectp. 102
Algeria: Industrial Pollution Control Projectp. 108
Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda: Lake Victoria Environmental Management Projectp. 114
Poland: Krakow Energy Efficiency Projectp. 122
Mongolia: Improved Household Stoves in Urban Centers Projectp. 127
China: Guangzhou City Center Transport Projectp. 133
Bibliographyp. 138
Indexp. 145
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