Stepan Ruzicka, Project Director and Karen Nash, Senior Engineer in Ramboll Environ’s London (Blackfriars) office have written an article exploring urban environmental and social challenges in Africa and how best to manage them.
With more than a quarter of the 100 fastest-growing cities in the world, Africa’s urban population is projected to have increased from 400 million to 1.2 billion by 2050. When cities grow rapidly, they are increasingly vulnerable to urban violence, natural disasters, climate change and poverty – often also leading to significant environmental and social degradation. The pressures on urban and infrastructure planning are therefore immense, and often coupled with administrative, technical and financial resource scarcity. Africa is now facing an urgent need for practical and cost-effective pathways to guide sustainable urban development for the continent.
The article examines how the ‘State of the Environment Rapid Assessment’ (SoERA) tool could be the answer to managing cost-effective methods for sustainable urban development in Africa.
The article was published in Africa Outlook magazine, which you can read by clicking here.