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Toward sustainable cities in Southeast Asia

  • Jamal M. Gawi
    Jamal M. Gawi

    International consultant on natural resource governance, climate change and biodiversity conservation

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 7, 2017   /  01:04 pm
Toward sustainable cities in Southeast Asia Only very recently have Jakarta and some other ASEAN cities begun investing in the development of decent public transportation to better serve the urban and periurban citizens, mostly with the support from big donor countries and/or financial institutions. (Shutterstock, Inc./AsiaTravel)

Population growth and urbanization are projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world’s urban population by 2050, with nearly 90 percent of the increase coming in Asia and Africa. In Southeast Asia, urbanization is one of the major trends currently shaping Southeast Asian societies. With a population of more than 630 million in 2015, more than 40 percent of whom have already urbanized at a rate of 5.6 percent per year in Laos, 4.6 percent in Cambodia, 3.9 percent in Myanmar and 3.3 percent in Indonesia, ASEAN is home to some of the largest and some of the fastest growing cities of the world. A few of those cities are already some of the most populated metropolises in the world. Without acknowledgment, the constant increase of ASEAN’s urban population will continuously put pressures on its sustainability. Combined with the impacts of climate change, these pressures may...

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