75th UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Short Course on Environmental Management for Developing Countries - Sustainable Cities

Duration: 10 October - 02 November 2018
The application period for this course has passed.

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Good environmental governance at global, regional, national and local levels is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embarked by the United Nations. By now, one-half of the world's population is living in urban areas. Already today 70% of the world's urban population lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The ecological footprint of cities as an indicator of sustainability continues to grow and demands urgent rethinking of current urban development practices.

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The course will focus on the interaction between all stakeholders in Local Agenda 21 processes, implementation of these processes and their impact on the environment. Engineering as well as social, economic and legal aspects will be covered by lectures and seminars. Interactive role-playing and group work will be used to demonstrate the importance of public participation in urban environmental governance. Besides the institutional framework of urban governance, the course curriculum includes modules on technical infrastructure development for energy, drinking water, wastewater, urban ecosystem services, transport and solid waste, as well as housing and spatial planning.

The lectures and workshops are mainly held by internationally renowned professors of Technische Universität Dresden as well as of the Leibniz-Institute of Ecological and Regional Development Dresden (IOER). Site visits and excursions to Berlin and other German cities will demonstrate accomplishments and challenges of urban environmental governance.


Participants are expected to acquire state-of-the-art expertise as well as environmental communication and mediation skills to be able to contribute to a sustainable development of urban communities and their sustainable management in the respective countries.

Target Groups

This course is designed mainly for managers and decision-makers with pertinent professional experience in urban land use management and planning. The nomination by the delegating institution is mandatory.


Our International Steering Committee selects the 21 participants of this course by July 2018. Participants stay in our comfortable private studio apartments and receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses. Flights, health insurance etc. will be provided. Our course office provides further manifold assistance. Participants successfully completing this course will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Sustainable Cities.

Our info leaflet with the 2018/2019 course program is available for downloading.

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André Lindner
Letzte Änderung: 18.05.2018