The GDRC Research Programme on Urban Environmental Management
So what can we do with urban environments, since they are starting points for most global environment problems (and solutions)? Why is it important?
• Capacity Building
• Disaster Mitigation
• Energy Management
• Environmental Education
• Green Construction
• Impact Assessment
• Slums and Squatters
• Sustainable Sanitation
• Sustainable Tourism
• Transportation
• Urban Planning
• Waste Management
• Water Resources
Urban Environmental Management

T he Urban Environmental Management (UEM) Programme is at the core of GDRC's initatives and is the largest of its programmes.

Solving the global environmental challenges we face today, particualrly climate change, requires a fundamental shift in our urban lifestyles, our behaviour and ethics. The UEM Programme looks at urban areas as the intersection of natural, built, and socio-economic environments, to create sustainable urban ecosystems. The objectives of this programme is to explore local environmental problems of cities, as well as its impacts on global challenges.

• MEAs and Cities
• EMS for Cities
• Japan Urban Observatory
• Infopac on 3Rs
• Ecological Footprints
• Guide to City Networks
• The Trialogue
• The FEWW Nexus

Highlights of
GDRC Research
Environmentally Sensitive Buildings in the Tropics: Design Ideas for Passive Cooling
Emerging Trends Series E-191. June 2010 (Updated March 2023)
Cities and Desertification: The Long Arm of Urban Areas
Concept Note Series E-172. October 2022.
Urban EMS in Japan: The ISO 14001 Initiatives of Public Authorities in Japan
Case Study Series E-166. September 2022
Cities as Brands: Osaka City in Japan Reinvents itself
Case Study Series E-149. May 2023.

What is GDRC doing now?
  Currently, GDRC is looking at cities as "sustainable ecosystems". In order to reduce their ecological footprint, there are a number of step that urban residents need to take - to aim for a closed-loop recycling society.

Have a look at the planned publications under this programme

  • Urban Governance
  • Urban Heritage and Conservation
  • Smart Cities Research Initiative (SIRI)

This programme is a part of:
More information on GDRC's Urban sphere
  GDRC's Urban Sphere  

More information on the WWW Virtual LibrariesThis GDRC programme is a Vlib - designated 'WWW Virtual Library' on Urban Environmental Management

BooksFull list of research outputs from the Urban Programme

International days related to this programme:
• 5 Jun: Envi. Day
• 3 Oct: Habitat Day
• 31 Ot: Cities Day

Current Pubs
Future Pubs