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OECD Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment
March 13, 2012

This seminar discussed OECD’s new report, Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment. The report examines the concept of the compact city and the implication of the current urban context for compact city policies. It explores their potential outcomes, particularly in terms of how they can contribute to Green Growth, and looks at developing indicators to monitor compact cities and track policy performance. It reviews compact city policies currently being implemented across the OECD in relation to the pursuit of Green Growth objectives and provides ideas to achieve better outcomes. And it assesses the key governance challenges faced by decision-makers as they seek to implement practical compact city strategies. This report is thus intended as "food for thought" for national, sub-national and municipal governments as they seek to address their economic and environmental challenges through the development and implementation of spatial strategies in pursuit of Green Growth objectives. It also illustrates best practices (which present key elements of successful compact city policies) based on empirical evidence that can be shared across OECD member countries.

This report also provides good insight for policy makers, planners, academia and donor agencies working on the challenge of sustainable urban development in developing countries. For this reason, the World Bank’s Eco2 Team contributed to the preparation of the report by providing comments and direct input for some of its content.

In addition to representatives from OECD, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which is actively promoting a smart growth movement in the Washington Metropolitan Region, shared their experiences.

On this occasion, the World Bank also launched the Eco2 Cities Guide, the implementation Guide for the Eco2 Ecological Cities as Economic Cities, which was published in 2010.


Last updated: March 27, 2012

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