Planning for urban population surge will limit crises – experts

AlertNet: Nearly all the expected surge in the world's population from 7 billion people to 9 billion by 2050 will come in urban areas of Asia and Africa, and planning for it will be crucial to limit the spread of slums and related social and environmental problems, experts say. That many fast-growing cities today have informal settlements and black-market economies "is in part a testament to failure to accommodate and plan for urban growth effectively and fairly', said Gordon McGranahan, principal researcher......

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