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City Prosperity Initiative In Wuhan, China

The purpose of the project is to develop the capacity of ‘Wuhan Land Use and Spatial Planning Research Center' (WLSP) to apply the CPI as a tool for measurement, monitoring, evaluation and decision-making on sustainable urbanization, in particular in relation to applications of land use and spatial planning. The project addresses the problem on how can the city Wuhan maintain prosperity and quality of life, without negatively affecting other areas of development. How can it ensure that the policies and planning guidelines currently being applied by the planning authorities are reaching their objectives. For this reason, the city of Wuhan no longer has the option of making decisions without the benefit of internationally validated data and indices that measure results and impacts. This enables them to decide which policies to implement, where to allocate public and private resources, how to identify setbacks and opportunities and how to measure what has changed. The CPI is a helpful tool in all these decision-making processes. Through this Project, WLSP with the assistance of and in full partnership with UN-Habitat shall develop its capacity to apply the CPI as a tool for measurement, monitoring, evaluation and decision-making on sustainable urbanization, in particular in relation to applications of land use and spatial planning. The geographic focus of the current Project is Wuhan City and its districts, with comparisons to other global cities to be added as viable within the scope of the current Project. Target Population. The target is the city of Wuhan as a whole (with all its residents), and the WLSP in particular. Strategy to solve the problem The City Prosperity Initiative is a practical framework for the formulation, implementation, and monitoring of sustainability policies and practices to increase prosperity levels in the city of Wuhan at metropolitan and district level.It provides collaborative solutions to the most fundamental challenges facing cities.Wuhan is expected to work simultaneously in the six dimensions of prosperity: productivity, infrastructure, quality of life, equity environmental sustainability and urban governance. By implementing the CPI, WLSP and the city of Wuhan will benefit in the following ways: a. Using a global comparable platform that allows for local adaptation The CPI has not been designed as a rigid blueprint. It is a living framework that provides room for local and national governments to integrate contextual needs according to existing challenges and opportunities. This flexible approach enables the CPI to play a double function. First, it serves as a platform for global comparability in which cities can assess their situation and compare themselves with other cities in the world (basic CPI). Comparisons can also be done by regions or specific dimensions of prosperity. Second, the CPI works as a strategic policy tool, where data and information is adapted to local or contextual needs and used to measure progress, formulate specific policies and track changes (extended CPI). b. Working with a framework that promotes policy integration The CPI has been designed to capture in an integrated framework the different dimensions of sustainable development – environmental, social and economic – adding to them other critical dimensions related to the quality of life of citizens and the governance mechanisms. Cities and countries that aim to improve productivity or enhance infrastructure development can better assess some of the intended or unintended consequences of these actions upon the other dimensions of prosperity, for example with regards to equity or environmental sustainability. The interrelation of policies and actions is well-captured by the CPI that provides strong statistical information to measure impacts and results and to infer the likelihood of possible development outcomes. c. Integrating spatial analysis as part of a strategy to leave no one behind The CPI framework provides a wealth of new analytical tools based on spatial data. Various indicators such as street connectivity, public space, agglomeration economies and public transport are measured using satellite imagery. This helps to better understand the spatial distribution of these indicators to increase value judgment and support decision-making. The use of spatial data is based on the premise that the form and structure of the city can conspire against shared prosperity or act together to boost it. Sprawl, low density development, poor economies of agglomeration, inefficient land use and insufficient provision of public space can affect city growth and development. CPI framework produces accurate, reliable, timely and spatially disaggregated data that combined with socio-economic indicators addresses the challenge of ‘invisibility' and ‘inequality' of the most underrepresented groups and urban areas. d. Combining multi-scale decision-making from intra-urban level to metropolitan analysis The CPI has been designed to support multi-scale decision-making ranging from metropolitan, to provincial authorities, to city and sub-city local governments, when information and data allows disaggregating at this local neighborhood level. It provides adequate information to make evidence-based decisions from a territorial perspective with the participation of different tiers of government. It also facilitates better institutional coordination and the possibility to articulate policy and sectoral interventions in a metro and city-wide perspective, while allowing for the identification of national and regional urbanization trends. Working in this coordinated and integrated manner reinforces the principle of active subsidiary and collaboration.


Transaction type Value Date
ExpenditureUS$ 187,7042018-02-01
Incoming FundsUS$ 275,0002018-02-01


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Increased capacity of WLSP for the adoption and implementation of the City Prosperity Initiative as a monitoring strategy of their spatial planning activities.Increased capacity of WLSP to use evidence and knowledge in the formulation an action plans and local planning policies.

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43082, 43030
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Asia, regional
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