Urban Planning

Cities are central to economic growth and have a pivotal role to play in achieving global climate, nature, and sustainable development goals. Yet this potential remains largely untapped as cities continue to face unprecedented environmental and social challenges. The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected cities deeply, and continues to be a barrier to sustainable and equitable development. The pandemic has widened already vulnerable gaps, and impacted capacity of cities to adopt sustainable pathways for future growth.
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It is estimated that around 600,000 motored vehicles enter the city of Asunción each day, adding a lot of pressure to the already dense traffic. The car-centric design of cities like Asunción, Ñemby and Fernando de la Mora, makes urban mobility uncomfortable and less safe for pedestrians, as well as unfriendly towards more sustainable modes of transportation like bicycles. Interim tactical urbanism interventions can work as means to increase road safety and promote citizen participation.
 
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With its focus on community participation, this Note helps to promote participatory slum upgrading in their dialogue with the client and throughout project preparation and implementation. Targeted at the Bank-financed projects, the Note is for government-led slum upgrading initiatives and is written from a perspective of how the Bank teams can help governments explore and create a room for community participation in their formal policy, program and projects on slum upgrading.
 
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Rebuilding cities and towns after protracted conflict is a more common occurrence than many would find acceptable. It is also a policy challenge that can either exacerbate or help alleviate simmering tensions. Urban planning in the face of conflict, therefore, is an instrument by which economies and societies can be rebuilt.
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This is a policy brief with recommendations for national governments to accelerate urban efforts to help them achieve the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) 2030 Action Targets. This report is a response to the call from the Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Local Authorities for Biodiversity for a whole-of-government approach to be adopted. Local governments are key players that can engage with and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Action Targets.
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The partnership between the World Bank and Italian Development Cooperation was established around the role of culture in sustainable development. This is a report of the activities of the partnership, which have been grouped under five broad categories: a) project preparation; b) analytical work and policy support; c) knowledge exchanges; d) publications; and e) program support.
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This report details the evolution of Seoul’s efforts since the 1960s to balance all three elements of this critical equation: cultural heritage, sustainable tourism, and urban regeneration. The five case studies in this report provide illustrations of technical and operational best practices, and map out pitfalls and challenges to be avoided. We sincerely hope that readers will find that a keen, balanced understanding of urban development, economic growth, and cultural awareness can be achieved through carefully designed policies and professional management.
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Africa is urbanizing late but fast. This brings many benefits but, as this report shows: thus far, urbanization in Africa, unique in a number of respects, is having deleterious and largely unchecked impacts on the natural environment; the degradation of natural assets and ecosystems within African cities carries tangible economic, fiscal and social costs; there are important opportunities to change the current environmental trajectory of African cities so that they move towards a more harmonious relationship between their natural and built environments.
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