Resource-efficient and productive cities ensure integrated and sustainable urban water management. They also strive for contributing to food production (urban agriculture) and resilient urban food systems.

Resource-efficient Cities - often called Eco-Cities - ensure that their socio-economic development is significantly decoupled from resource exploitation and ecological impacts. They accomplish this by minimizing the required inputs of all natural and human resources within their area, including water, air, soil, nutrients, minerals, materials, flora and fauna, ecosystem services, and social and financial resources.

Optimizing urban resource management includes saving such resources from being destroyed, overused or polluted, managing them in the most efficient and sustainable way, and contributing to their improved quality, replenishment and restoration.

Productive Cities go beyond improving the efficiency of current or future urban systems, including new cities or new urban developments, with the aim of becoming net productive systems (in ecological, economic and social terms). A
Productive City thus decreases its dependency and extractive burden on  international resource chains, as well as its reliance on its peri-urban and regional hinterlands.

ICLEI Africa Projects: Resource-efficient & Productive City

Sustainable Urban Resilient Water for Africa: SUReWater4Africa

The SUReWater project was part-funded by EuropeAid and works with local governments in six African countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The project aims to contribute to sustainable climate change (CC) resilient urban water planning mechanisms and action based on international benchmarking within local authorities while ensuring multiplier effects to the region.

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The Africa Water and Sanitation Local Authorities (AWASLA) Network is an exciting new dynamic, interactive and dedicated pan-African network for African local governments and their associated institutions engaged in all aspects of the urban water cycle (water supply, sanitation, storm and wastewater management).

AWASLA provides a unique platform enabling local governments to exchange knowledge and good practice, consider emerging challenges and innovations and explore collaborative action. All towards seeking a paradigm shift for more sustainable, resilient and equitable urban water and sanitation practices in Africa.

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The Urban NEXUS is an approach to the design of sustainable urban development solutions. The approach guides stakeholders to identify and pursue possible synergies between sectors, jurisdictions, and technical domains, so as to increase institutional performance, optimize resource management, and service quality.

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