“Urbanization in developing countries is a defining feature of the 21st century. Some 90 percent of global urban growth now takes place in developing countries – and between the years 2000 and 2030, developing countries are projected to triple their entire built-up urban areas. This unprecedented urban expansion poses cities, nations and the international development community with a historic challenge and opportunity. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to plan, develop, build and manage cities that are simultaneously more ecologically and economically sustainable.
“Eco² Cities: Ecological Cities as Economic Cities” is a new initiative launched by the World Bank in order to respond to this challenge. Its objective is to help cities in developing countries achieve greater ecological and economic sustainability.
The World Bank’s Eco2 Cities Initiative is a broad platform that provides practical, scalable, analytical, and operational support to cities in developing countries so they may harness the beneﬁts of ecological and economic sustainability.”