Cities across the world need innovative, sustainable systems to help address obstacles created by growing populations.
Reprinted from Longitudes
As the world’s urban population continues to multiply, a multitude of challenges loom on the horizon.
According to an Oxford Economics study of 750 cities worldwide, the population of these urban areas is expected to increase by 410 million by the year 2030.
And while incomes are set to increase across the board, cities will exhibit significant divergence in their growth patterns:
- Developed cities will grow slowly but demonstrate technological innovation.
- Cities that are “emerging” will have to work to achieve parity with their more advanced counterparts, but will take years to catch up in areas like per capita GDP.
Clearly, meeting the challenges of future cities will require innovative, sustainable solutions.
In no area is this more apparent than in basic services like sanitation, which can rapidly transport a country from the 19th century to the 21st — and improve health and quality of life for the population.