Lessons Learnt from Regional Intercity Networking - To Promote Sustainable Cities in Asia -

Policy Report
Lessons Learnt from Regional Intercity Networking - To Promote Sustainable Cities in Asia -

This report aims to show the lessons from the existing regional intercity networks for sustainable cities in Asia. Furthermore, it seeks to present ideas on how to develop and utilise the existing networks more effectively so that local governments in Asian developing countries and Japan could harness the opportunities. In addition, the report makes some suggestions for international organisations and national governments on how they can support intercity networks.

The lessons from past experiences in Asia provide us some insights on their effectiveness and how to improve regional intercity networking. A review reveals that the network contributed to the mutual reference and learning of environmental policies and experiences among participating cities. Mayoral support, as well as coordination and networking by individuals and organisations within or outside the local governments, facilitates practice adoption and diffusion through an international network. The secretariat of a regional network could improve the outcome such as mutual learning and business development by properly understanding the particular needs of participating cities; providing them with useful opportunities; and nurturing ownership and commitment. The secretariat can also develop mechanisms to diffuse good practices on the network by collaborating with various stakeholders other than the participating local governments.

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