Urban Labs for inclusive Urban Environmental Management Services (UEMS)

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Publicado: 19 Julio 2023
Última edición: 19 Julio 2023
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Urban Environmental Management Services (UEMS)​ include the management of solid wastes, green spaces (parks, open spaces, playgrounds) and blue spaces (ponds, canals, rivers) in cities. They are crucial for adapting urban areas to climate change, protecting the environment and sustaining residents' health and livelihoods. 


The Urban lab concept offers effective solutions to the nexus of green /blue spaces and solid waste management. It aims at bringing together a diverse group of local civil society, private sector ​actors and policy makers to ​develop and test out integrated measures (e.g. for institutional management,​ integrated technical concepts, adapted technologies) for inclusive UEMS​. This approach helps to make UEMS sustainable and well-adapted to the needs of a specific urban area. and raises awareness for the importance of environmental protection here. it also fosters cooperation at household level.


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Scale of implementation
Area-wide development
Ecosistema urbano
Ecosistemas de agua dulce
Piscina, lago, estanque
Río, corriente
Áreas verdes (parques, jardines, bosque urbano)
Actores locales
Adaptación al cambio climático
Ciudades e infraestructuras
Gestión de residuos
Incorporación de la perspectiva de género
Medios de vida sostenibles
Mitigación del cambio climático
One Health
Planificaión urbana
Salud y bienestar humano
One Health
Efectos en la salud debido al cambio climático y la contaminación
Agua, saneamiento e higiene
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
Sustainable urban infrastructure and services
Calor extremo
Incremento de temperatura
Degradación de tierras y bosques
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Contaminación (incluida la eutrofización y la basura)
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
Deficiente vigilancia y aplicación de la ley
Deficiente gobernanza y participación
Sustainable development goals
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 14 - Vida submarina
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
Business engagement approach
Compromiso directo con asociaciones


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Well-managed and clean green and blue spaces harbor potential for adapting cities to the impacts of climate change.


The physical and mental health of urban populations can benefit as well. Open and greened areas foster a more active lifestyle and sense of well-being which, in turn, can lower blood pressure and cortisol levels as well as reduce the risk of type-2-diabetes and premature labor. In addition, improved waste management reduces the risk of pests (rodents) and, therefore, the transmission of pathogens.


The involvement of the private sector can generate new and innovative business ideas, public-private partnerships, and possibilities for income generation for poor population groups. The improved environmental situation and greater urban capacity for adaptation will reduce economic losses caused by the impacts of climate change as well as the likelihood of economic cycles being disrupted by environmental disasters.


Since Urban Labs constitute a participatory approach they require dialogue and collaboration of different population groups. They can, therefore, build and strengthen local communities.

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Mirjam Limbrunner Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH