Small- and medium-sized cities and towns in sub-Saharan Africa are growing fast and accumulating risks. Local governments seek to build the resilience of their city in conditions of complex interdependent urban systems and gaps in data and information.

Urban areas are growing at an unprecedented rate, with over half of the world’s population of nearly 4 billion people now residing in cities. By 2050, the number is expected to swell to over 6.5 billion−approximately two-thirds of humanity. Rapid urbanization provides opportunities, yet challenges come in tandem.

National Urban Policy Framework (NUPF) outlines an integrated and coherent approach towards the future of urban planning in India. The NUPF is structured along two lines. Firstly, at the NUPF’s core lie ten sutras or philosophical principles. Secondly, the ten sutras are applied to ten functional areas of urban space and management.

With the majority of the world’s population already living in urban areas, there are unprecedented challenges for feeding cities with accessible, affordable food and healthy diets. The book identifies some of the best examples from across the world on innovations in food systems and on how to implement sustainable urban food planning.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of In Re: T. N.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vidya Shandil Vs. State of Himachal Pradesh & Others dated 22/10/2018. This appeal has been preferred against grant of Environmental Clearance on 15.10.2016 by the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) Himachal Pradesh, Shimla to Dr.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Society for Preservation of Kasauli and its Environs (SPOKE) & Others Vs. M/s Kasauli Glaxie Resorts & Others dated 05/10/2018 regarding construction of 42 rooms hotel-cum-National Museum and Geo-park–cum-restaurant by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 24/08/2018 regarding unauthorized constructions in Burari, Delhi. The report submitted by the Monitoring Committee has noted that even though the land is agricultural land but several multi-storeyed buildings have come up in the area. There is hardly any vacant land in that area and there is no agricultural land in the area. The Monitoring Committee has already noted that even water bodies have been encroached upon and a large number of trees have been cut down.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of B. Raghupathy Vs Union of India & Others dated 21/08/2018 regarding M/s. New Ark Project proceeding with a project without mandatory requirement of environmental clearance. The project consists of high-rise residential apartments and a commercial complex. The project involves extraction of ground water, generation of waste, generation of effluents, pollution of water streams, adverse population density and increased vehicular emissions. The project is in the catchment area of Bellandur and/or Varthur Lakes.

Order of the Natinal Green Tribunal in the matter of Legal Aid Committee, NGT Bar Association Vs. MoEF & Others dated 07/08/2018. This application seeks directions to check diversion of the area marked as Natural Conservation Zone (NCZ) by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) in the Regional Plan. The Applicant has alleged that the States of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan have diverted the NCZ area in violation of the original plan while preparing Sub-regional Plans and such diversion will adversely affect the environment.

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