Forecasting Sustainable Urbanization: Inception and Data Collection Workshop (Bishkek)
This workshop is organized jointly by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the challenges to and opportunities for achieving sustainable urban development in the city of Bishkek, especially in relation to the sustainable management of resources.
ESCAP proposes to assist three partner cities in Central and East Asia to better plan sustainable infrastructure and manage urban growth by developing and applying a forecasting methodology and tool. Altering future trajectories in these cities will require a decoupling of economic growth from resource consumption and a drastic reduction in resource intensities associated with urbanization. Through application of the tool, the project focus is to support cities to generate robust forecasts and develop future scenarios which will identify resource-efficient development pathways. The scenarios will demonstrate cost and resource savings that can be achieved over a long-term period well beyond the project duration, and enable the partner cities to conduct infrastructure planning to create more resilient, resource-efficient, and sustainable cities, including through nature-based solutions and adoption of environmental policies for sustainable management of resources.
Through this project, ESCAP intends to support Bishkek to develop measures to reduce the increase in natural resource depletion resulting from unplanned and/or unmanaged urbanization. Altering these trends requires robust analysis of existing data and metrics and a means to forecast resource needs, investments, and the potential for policy interventions and technical solutions. The resulting tools and methodologies would then have the potential to be replicated and scaled-up throughout the Asia-Pacific region.