8–13 February 2020
World Urban Forum (WUF 10): Cities as Opportunities—Connecting Culture and Innovation
Representatives of the PolyUrbanWaters network from Cambodia, Germany, Indonesia and Laos attended the 10th World Urban Forum held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. During a workshop for project partners, participants discussed the major findings that have emerged thus far from the project definition phase. Partners from Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia confirmed the relevance of the PolyUrbanWaters approach for the development of water-sensitive cities in the context of rapid urbanization in Southeast Asia.
Our experience at WUF 10 underlined that a core principle of PolyUrbanWaters—addressing “water in the city” as a holistic concept for intersectoral cooperation between stakeholders in partner cities (horizontal level) and national government bodies (vertical level)—can be a valid contribution to localizing the SDGs and translating the New Urban Agenda into partner city realities.
The coming months will see a further specification of locally tailored PolyUrbanWaters approaches in partner cities. These are:
- Sleman: Water-sensitive community development
- Sam Neua: Water for the future—proactive planning for water-sensitive urban development
- Kratié: Living with water = Water-resilient urban development