Within the "Asunción Sustentable" project, we sought to design a land-value capture mechanism for cities within Asunción's Metropolitan Area (AMA) to be able to increase their income and invest in sustainable infrastructure. Key stakeholders contributed to the process: municipalities, ministries, real estate developers and civil society organizations.
The Urban Land and Housing Market Assessment Toolkit aims to assist practitioners in undertaking a standard upstream diagnosis to inform policies and programs in the housing sector at the city level in developing countries, with a focus on the supply side. It is designed to balance the need for achieving a comprehensive assessment of a complex sector like housing and the political impetus to identify problems and take actions within a short timeframe.
Cities are increasingly recognizing the role of the natural environment in shaping healthy and livable places that enhance human capital and urban resilience. This paper shares how cities are using innovative approaches for policy making and planning to account for natural assets and to protect and enhance biodiversity. A range of policy options is provided together with a practical action plan for conducting assessments of natural assets in and around cities.