A scheme aimed at enhancing urban liveability and sustainability in large Asian cities has been launched by the EU, with engineering consultant Ramboll as a partner.
As urban populations have grown, global authorities are struggling to cope with the strain on energy, water and transport facilities, as well as the increased environmental pressure.
The three-year programme – led by the IUC, an EU body for International Urban Cooperation – will enable European and Asian cities to exchange solutions to the negative effects of rapid population growth on city infrastructure and climate change.
“The purpose of the Asia component of the global initiative is twofold,” said Ramboll environment and health practice consultant Alex Coffey.
“We will both seek to strengthen EU-China, city-to-city cooperation on sustainable urban development and to strengthen EU-Asia cooperation on local and regional climate change action.
“We will do this by building upon the Covenant of Mayors initiative in Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and the Republic of Korea.”
The IUC programme is funded by the EU’s Partnership Instrument, which supports EU interests abroad. Other partners include German consultant GIZ and advocacy organisation United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific.