Session C5: EcoCities and Ecological Civilization: Integrating human and nature values in sustainable urban planning

Cities worldwide have profiled themselves as sustainable cities, environmental cities, green cities, ecological capitals and eco-cities for several decades. Today, eco-city developments around the world draw the world’s attention, particularly in East Asia. However, eco-city definitions differ, with the development process and benchmarks for successful performance varying from region to region.

City presentations from Europe, East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East will offer global examples of how eco-city developments are implemented. The unique East Asian approach to eco-city development will be highlighted for its regionally distinctive balance between scientific environmental expertise and ancient environmental understanding. Speakers will share the enabling factors of their particular model of eco-city to function successfully, including what performance criteria are used and how these are measured.

The discussion will debate the contrasts and similarities between the various eco-city experiences, while exploring the opportunities, challenges and performance of approaches. Eco-city experts will connect the dots between the Chinese concept of ecological civilization and the establishment of some 200 eco-city developments which are complete or under development in China.

Envisaged outcomes
Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Share and compare various global eco-city experience
  • Debate which enabling factors are needed for eco-cities to function successfully
  • Explore the Chinese notion of ecological civilization and its link to eco-city development
  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges of integrating human and nature values with modern planning principles in eco-cities.


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Future City Yokohama: Innovative Urban Solutions
Mr. Noriaki YOSHINO, Director for Future City Promotion, Climate Change Policy Headquarters, City of Yokohama, Japan

Eco-city development in Gothenburg: Carbon footprints and impact of a low-carbon transition on quality of life
Mr. Svante SJÖSTEDT, Head of Climate Strategy, City of Gothenburg, Sweden

Location: DDP, Book Seminar Room Date: 11 April 2015 Time: 14:00 - 15:30 Rahul Vaswani Rahul Vaswani Li Hailong.jpg Hailong Li Noriaki_Yoshino Noriaki Yoshino Al_cut Sultan Al Ali Svante Sjöstedt