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The economic rise and successful urbanization of the People's Republic of China (PRC) offers lessons for the rest of Asia and the Pacific, say ADB's Stefan Rau and Maria Pia Ancora. As part of ADB’s South-South knowledge sharing support, the PRC Urban Knowledge Hub draws good practices in sustainable urban development from the PRC experience and disseminates them to other countries in the region.

Countries in Asia and the Pacific need to prioritize investments in water supply and sanitation services to support vibrant and livable cities.

Local authorities are looking for ways to make Asian cities safer for women, including lighting their streets, upgrading restrooms and training officials.

A $50,000 pilot sanitation project in Myanmar shows that local infrastructure and services can be developed by communities and city governments in the informal settlements where they’re most needed.

Bharatpur, one of Nepal’s fastest-growing municipalities, is taking steps to improve the urban environment, making the city more climate-resilient in the process.

In India’s fast-growing Madhya Pradesh State, sanitation and sewerage initiatives, along with refurbishments to aging water treatment plants, are making way for urban development.

An urban water and sewerage system project in the Indian state of Karnataka is improving people’s health and making cities like Mangalore more livable.

Empowering women in South Asia can help address the twin issues of gender and urban poverty, say ADB's senior social development specialist Francesco Tornieri and urban development specialist Ron Slangen.

Human and financial losses from natural disasters are rising fast in the Asia and Pacific region. While most Asian countries have disaster handling capabilities, few have adequate provisions for financing post-disaster losses and rehabilitation.

Urban expansion in Asia presents both opportunities and challenges for the region and the world, as it can help address some environmental problems if managed well. Here are 12 things to know about green urbanization in Asia.