The People's Republic of China (PRC) has made progress in improving the environmental quality of its cities. Yet more work needs to be done to achieve its ambitious targets for reducing pollution.


The transformation of Asia’s cities into healthier and more livable environments requires a complete rethink of the way urban areas are developed and managed.

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.