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Asuncion is an autonomous capital district, and it is the home of the national government, principal port, and the chief industrial and cultural center of the country. As Asunción has evolved from a small city to a metropolitan region it has experienced several problems. In the short term three main priority issues need to be addressed to move along the city towards a more sustainable city path; transport; solid waste and conservation of critical ecosystem services. This project will develop the enabling framework for a sustainable city. This will be done through several approaches. One approach will be integrating sectorial planning and defining short, medium and long-term goals for Asuncion and the other metropolitan area municipalities and covering multiple sectors, including sustainable transport, solid waste and chemicals management and green

infrastructure. A second approach envisages capacity development for implementation and long-term funding needs of the sustainable city plans. A third approach will be to develop and strengthen the inter-institutional and inter-sectorial dialogue and coordination, including with the civil society and private sector. Finally, this project will set up a monitoring platform for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) needed to guide and adapt the AMA urban land use and sustainable development plans over time.

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