The world today is on the verge of a global socio-economic change. Globalisation and democratisation are two important factors that affect sustainable urbanization. Most of the world’s population lives in urban areas today.
The ones who aren’t are also becoming dependent on urban cities for political, social, and economic development. However, with increasing urbanization, balancing sustainability is important.
Here is all that we could achieve if we divulge not in urbanization but sustainable urbanization:
- Private Sector: From household businesses to big corporations, the entire private sector will develop due to sustainable urbanization. To promote the financing and development of infrastructure, goods, and services, we need to maintain sustainability during urbanization. This will not only improve urban governance but also strengthen efforts to reduce climate change.
- Civil Society: Urban cities are the junctions where different cultures come together. This makes them the key locations for exhibiting novel cultural and social institutions. An urban sustainable development goal will create a place where people can participate and engage in local decision-making. This way the civil societies will be able to connect with the community sector.
- Focus On Urban Challenges And Future Opportunities: Through sustainable urbanization, we could educate the public about the significant proportions of acute poverty.
To improve the living conditions of the people living in slums, protect the regional and local ecosystems, and provide them access to basic infrastructure, it is necessary to tackle the urgent urban challenges. Despite manipulated figures presented by many local governments, it is a fact that several cities are not well equipped to tackle urban challenges.
Most of them are disempowered and under-resourced. They are not competent enough to address the multi-sector challenges. Poor and less funded cities are facing the problems of rising population, inadequate infrastructure and increasing pollution. Unless these challenges are tackled efficiently, several poor and rich cities could be leading towards an unsustainable future.
- Well-Run Cities Can Be The Fighters of Poverty: Sustainable urbanization will help improve the lives of the urban poor through an integrated approach. Statistics show that despite improvements in several facilities, rising urbanization and increasing poor urban population has resulted in an increase in the number of slum dwellers all over India. An urban sustainable development approach is required to address the volatile nature of urbanization, creating new opportunities for the urban poor and developing a place for their participation institution building and decision making.
Land Use Planning and Proficient Spatial Concentration Can be Promoted: It has been noted in recent years that urban land use is growing at a greater rate than urban population. This has resulted in an urban density decline in several parts of the world.
Efficient spatial planning can reduce urban land use footprint and increase the competency of service provision. Compact and well-planed cities are more capable of offering higher levels of well-being at lower levels of resource depletion. Sustainable urbanization is required to congregate land-use planning with economic development. This economic development includes livelihood creation, delivery of energy water, sustainable transportation and communication infrastructure.
LSI Keywords: sustainable development, sustainable urbanization, balancing sustainability, increasing urbanization