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Jakarta Post

Sustainable cities: Discussing solutions to urban problems

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 26 2008   /  12:02 pm

Government officials, businesspeople and experts from Indonesia, Sweden, Singapore and Thailand gathered in Jakarta on Thursday to discuss the challenges of building sustainable cities. "Sustainable cities are a vision that must be made real. It is essential to the urban future of Southeast Asia," Belinda Yuen, an associate professor at the School of Design and Environment at the University of Singapore, said during the seminar, titled Sustainable Cities: Challenges for Indonesia and Sweden. Yuen said Asia was experiencing rapid urban growth. By 2030, Asia will have an urban population of 2.6 billion, or 61 percent of the world's total urban population, according to the United Nations. "It will have serious implications for resources, with many people not having access to basic services," she said. The seminar was organized by Sweden's Em...