Urban transition towards eco-cities. The role of developers and their relation with other stakeholders

Chair: Henry Garay – Sarasti, (hgaray@econat.biz)
Co-chair: Germán Andrade, (giandradep@gmail.com)

Short Description:
Cities are continuously under construction as a result of social and economic demands for space. Ecosystem services have been ignored in most of the cities as criteria for the construction process since ages ago. The consequences of this omission have been the unsustainability of some cities, manifested in loss of quality of life of its inhabitants. Some cities in developed countries reached these scenarios of crisis of sustainability and quality of life a long time ago, initiating conversion processes that coincided with the stabilization of its growth.
In most developing countries, cities are experiencing rapid growth, deepening the crisis of sustainability, as their ecosystem services have not been regarded as a decisive variable in their planning processes and urban development.
In general urban developers carry out their activities according to market signals and within the margins permitted by urban standards of each place and the cities’ ability to governance. Recently market signals show preferences of most people for better environmental quality and increasingly, better performance toward sustainability.
A critical issue is to identify the conditions under which urban developers can contribute to sustainable construction of cities that can join the efforts of other stakeholders towards eco-cities.
We are inviting to share experiences which the interests of sustainability of cities have joined the interests of urban developers, to provide teachings of how to adapt regulatory scenarios, economic, environmental and social aspects to enforce the transition to eco-cities.