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Research and pilots promoting sustainable urbanisation

The share of population living in cities and urban areas is increasing globally. Up to 70% of Finns already live in urban areas, while the global figure is over 50%. Urbanisation is often considered an economically favourable development trend, but it is challenging in terms of social and ecological sustainability.

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) produces information and solutions that promote sustainable urbanisation. We provide policy-makers, citizens and other stakeholder groups with information related to urban development. We reinforce the role of urban residents in the implementation of sustainable development, and make use of the prevailing culture of experimentation. Our goal is to provide cities and other urban actors with keys to making sustainable choices and decisions.

We combine research and development activities that promote sustainable change in cities and urban areas. We seek to introduce new environmental dimensions to urban research and to strengthen international co-operation in the field.

”If we want urban residents to make sustainable choices, we need solutions that support them at the local level.”

-Emma Terämä, Sustainable Urbanisation Programme Director



Focal points:

  • Urbanising population
  • Built environment indicators and models
  • Sustainable transport
  • Participation of citizens and culture of experimentation

More information: 

Emma Terämä, Sustainable Urbanisation Programme Director

Published 2018-01-02 at 9:56, updated 2018-01-12 at 12:29
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