Pathways towards a social-ecological transformation in Asian cities

Register now for our upcoming webinar on 4th December 2020!

"Sustainable urban development requires proper planning for emission reductions, environmental protection, building resilience, and especially social justice as a core component of all actions. To achieve these goals, we must follow an inclusive and accessible pathway.” (Archer, Adelina 2020)

The Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the Global Climate Risk Index 2019 (Germanwatch). Countries in the region may face more frequent heat waves, floods, landslides, droughts, and sea-level rise, etc., which also affect urban areas. And most recently the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of high-density urban areas, created new challenges for providing social services, but also revealed unprecedently how environmental pollution could be reduced.

To outline the vision of a socially just and ecologically sustainable city, the Climate and Energy project in Asia of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has cooperated with the researchers Diane Archer and Charrlotte Adelina from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)  to conduct a regional study on “Social-ecological transformation in cities in Asia”. The report looks at three sectors that are crucial in driving these transitions at the municipal level, namely, built environment, transport and public participation.

The findings of the study will be presented in a webinar on 4th December 2020, 14:30 – 16:30 UTC +7:00. Within the two-hours webinar Diane Archer will provide  insights into the current situation of urban areas in Asia as well as the need to recognize the context-specific, people-centric pathways of development towards reaching the global target of keeping emissions below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from India, Indonesia and the Philippines.



Find out more:

To learn more about the specific challenges and already existing initiatives of a social-ecological transformation in cities, take a look at the short videoclips, produced by our FES offices in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.  You will find out about urban water ecology, social housing, transport and public participation – all elements of a socially just and ecologically sustainable cities.

India: Urban water management

Philippines: Sustainable Housing

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