Asia's swelling cities

Posted: 30 July 2001

A recent UN report warns that environmental degradation in rural areas of Asia might force 800 million people in the region to migrate to cities over the next 20 years.

If this rapid movement occurs, it will be equivalent to setting up a new city of 150,000 people every day for the next 15 years. The State of the Environment Report in Asia and the Pacific 2000 estimates the cost of providing water, sanitation, energy, and transport to these mushrooming urban populations at US$10 trillion over the next 25 to 30 years.

Source: Population Today, Vol 29, No. 5, July 2001, published by PRB

For more information, contact the Environment Section, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Rajchadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand. You can read the report on-line at: