Mutual learning through Asian intercity network programmes for the environment

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Mutual learning through Asian intercity network programmes for the environment

This paper assesses the extent of mutual learning through the international intercity network programmes for the environment in Asia, such as CITYNET, ICLEI-Southeast Asia and the Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment. Based on participation records of network activities, records of formulation of bi-lateral intercity relations, and a survey of participating cities, this paper argues that international intercity networks in Asia have achieved some modest results in terms of mutual reference and learning among participating cities in relation to the financial resources the networks have been able to mobilise. There may be room to further enhance mutual learning if national governments and international organisations could maintain or increase their financial support of international intercity network programmes even modestly.

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