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Regenerative cities - making cities work for people and planet: background paper

Urban planning Energy Waste management Social change Regenerative design Waste minimization
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DOI: 10.25916/5ce8b8d72f9d2 2.34 MB

Cities today absorb the bulk of the world’s natural resources, and their solid, liquid and gaseous wastes are often carelessly dumped somewhere in nature. But ‘environmental boomerangs’ are increasingly in evidence: In their own self-interest, cities urgently need to reduce their environmental impacts and ecological footprints, and to contribute towards regenerating damaged ecosystems. 

We need to think not just about sustaining the world's badly damaged ecosystems in an increasingly degraded condition, but about making strenuous efforts to regenerate them. Regenerative development is about giving back as well as taking – maintaining a proactive relationship between an urbanising humanity and the world’s ecosystems, and nurturing nature’s dynamism and abundance whilst drawing on its income.

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