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Urbanization is the defining global phenomenon of this century. For the first time in history, more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas. Between 2000 and 2030, in developing countries, the urban population is expected to double, and entire built-up areas are projected to triple if current trends continue. This rapid demographic and spatial transformation may prove to be difficult for cities in developing countries, especially small- and medium-sized cities, where capacity is typically inadequate to cope with major urban challenges. These challenges include climate change, resource scarcity, slum growth and increased poverty, and safety and security concerns.
Urban land use planning, if led by well-informed policies based on sustainable development principles and supported by well-planned and well-managed initiatives, including investments, can help address these challenges. In this regard, WBI developed this course, which covers many of these policies and actions in detail. The course aims to: ensure that participants have a functional and integrated understanding of the dynamics of urban land use; and demonstrate how to effectively utilize policies and planning instruments to manage urban growth and achieve sustainable, equitable and efficient development outcomes. The course is composed of the following modules:
The course is prepared as an e-learning initiative, with tutor-guided discussions, exercises on strategies, programs and action plans, and self-administered tests. These elements are built into each module, which will also enable participants to share their findings with each other and receive feedback in order to build strong peer networks and a community of practice. The course features a library of case studies that illustrates good practices in sustainable land use planning from around the world. In addition, links are provided to other relevant WBI e-learning products, including courses on slum upgrading, street addressing, safe and resilient cities, and cities and climate change.
After a successful pilot in 2010, the course was launched in January 2011, with a cohort of 200 participants from 63 countries. By mid-2011, the course will be offered under WBI’s new e-Institute. Moreover, to reach more people, and to reflect the diversity of regional and country contexts, the course will be delivered in partnership with global, national and regional learning institutions.
Here you will find more information on the e-learning experience.
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Urban practitioners, policymakers and city managers in developing countries—the very people who are working on urban land use issues on a daily basis and are constantly dealing with the multiple challenges that accompany rapid urbanization.