The world is facing rapid urbanization coupled with accelerated population growth. And Africa is currently the fastest growing and urbanizing continent: its population is projected to double from around 1 billion in 2010 to 2 billion by 2040. If not tackled, growing pressure on natural resources, weak urban planning and management institutions, and inadequate governance will continue to degrade the quality of life and the environment in urban areas.
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There is a pressing need for research on these multi-faceted and complex issues. Urbanization is one of the growing areas of SEI’s work – addressed together with vital cross cutting issues such as climate change, water and sanitation, air pollution and urban planning. Developing our urbanization programme will enable us to explore opportunities for sustainable urbanization to inform policy-makers and planners.
SEI events at Habitat III
Sunday 16 October, 5:00–5:45 pm at the German Pavilion.
Kim Anderson, research fellow and leader of the SEI Initiative on Sustainable Sanitation, will take part in the side event sustainable sanitation – key for healthy and wealthy cities of the future.
Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 3:00–3:45 pm at the Urban Library
Patricia Vilchis Tella, a research associate, will present work on sustainable lifestyles and education (under the UNEP 10YFP Programme). The event will gather national and local policy-makers and experts on sustainable cities and lifestyles to share latest findings and research on ‘urban metabolisms’, and how to enable sustainable lifestyles. It will also demonstrate cities’ potential for innovation.
Wednesday 19 October 2016 at 2:45–3:45 pm
Andriannah Mbandi, PhD student at SEI York Centre, will participate at the transport day session, on providing equitable mobility for Africa’s urban future.
Meet us at the SEI booth
SEI will have a booth in exhibition area B, number 22, where you can meet SEI experts and learn about our most recent research on urban issues. Welcome!