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Urban Environments in AfricaA Critical Analysis of Environmental Politics$
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Garth Myers

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322917

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322917.001.0001

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Urban Environments in Africa

Garth Myers

Policy Press

This chapter examines the scientific, scholarly and policy analyses on the environmental crisis perceived to exist for cities in Africa – the perspectives of ‘experts’ on such factors as urban water supply, solid waste management, air pollution, forestry, transportation infrastructure, and climate change. After a broad overview of the literature, the chapter assesses the Economist Intelligence Unit’s African Green Cities Index and the United Nations Habitat’s State of African Cities 2014 as examples for why an interactionist urban political ecology approach can contribute a more critical, political analysis. It includes a case study of the implications of the experts’ views for the applied sphere of urban environmental planning, with special reference to Nairobi. The chapter concentrates on Nairobi’s Metro 2030 master plan.

Keywords:   nairobi, state african cities, african green city, urban environmental planning, metro master plan

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