ADB's Focus on Urban Development
In the Spotlight
A premier environmental program known as the Green City Action Plan or GCAP is planning to transform Malaysia's Kota Kinabalu into a nature resort city - one that is clean, green and livable.
This publication showcases 50 innovative case studies from cities in the People’s Republic of China that are mitigating against and adapting to climate change. Solutions being implemented in these cities are proving that reducing carbon dioxide emissions and protecting the environment need not sacrifice economic prosperity.
In Bhutan, residents of Thimphu voluntarily contributed parcels of land to allow for the planned, sustainable expansion of the city. This innovative approach has now become a model for urban expansion and growth across the country.
Roads were re-tarmacked, sidewalks fixed, and a storm water drainage system built in Mtskheta, Georgia. This was part of an effort to improve municipal services in Georgian towns, which ADB supported with loans totaling $70 million.
ADB’s Vision of Livable Cities
Cities contribute to national economic growth, but they can be polluted and overcrowded. Asia’s rapidly developing cities face inadequate basic services, environmental degradation, and increasing poverty. “Livable Cities” is ADB’s vision and approach to urban development. ADB works to support the transformation of developing cities in the Asia and Pacific region into safe, sustainable urban centers.