Cities in Asia-Pacific are experiencing rapid growth. While the share of urban population is still lower than the global average, high urbanization rates bring well-known challenges of infrastructure development, inequalities, and vulnerability to climate risks. The prevalence of informal settlements adds some complexity to urban challenges, making good urban planning paramount for the health and wellbeing of current and future city-dwellers. Drawing from diverse perspectives, this panel will explore the following questions:
1. What are the main trends in urban planning in Asia Pacific, and how are they applied on the ground?
2. How is the concept of nature-based solutions applied in urban planning projects?
3. Is there scope for nature-based solutions in rapidly-growing informal settlements in Asian cities?
Duration: one hour
Moderator: Perrine Hamel, Assistant Professor, NTU Asian School of the Environment
Panelist: Mr. Leonard Ng Keok Poh, Country Director – Singapore Hub, Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl Singapore
Panelist: Erich Wolff, Ph.D. student at Monash University in Australia
Panelist: Rita Padawangi, Associate Professor of Sociology at Centre for University Core, Singapore University of Social Sciences