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Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities

Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities

Strategies, Methods and Outlook

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Edited by Daniel A. Mazmanian and Hilda Blanco

Against a backdrop of unprecedented levels of urbanization, 21st century cities across the globe share concerns for the challenges they face. This Companion provides a framework for understanding the city as a critical building block for a more sustainable future within broader subnational, national and continental contexts, and ultimately, within a global systems context. It discusses the sustainable strategies being devised, as well as the methods and tools for achieving them. Examples of social, economic, political and environmental sustainable policy strategies are presented and the extent to which they actually increase sustainability is analyzed.

Chapter 3: Potable, stormwater and wastewater city strategies in the context of climate change

Blanca Jiménez Cisneros

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, environment, environmental sociology, geography, cities, urban and regional studies, cities, urban studies


This chapter describes the challenges to supply water services for cities in the future, considering the impacts of climate change. Many of these challenges will be present even in the absence of climate variation as they are also caused by population growth, types of development and the in efficient management of urban water worldwide. Options to address the problems identified are presented, highlighting those specifically linked to climate change adaptation or mitigation measures. One important aspect is the need to review the concept of urban water services as it has been made urgent by the need to properly manage water in cities.

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