HABITAT III. How is Quito doing on water, waste and climate change?

HABITAT III. How is Quito doing on water, waste and climate change?

The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) took place from 17-20 October 2016 in Quito in Ecuador, after previous meetings were held in Vancouver (Habitat I, 1976) and Istanbul (Habitat II, 1996). The conference addressed issues of housing and sustainable urban development worldwide, which have become more and more pressing problems due to rapid urbanization and impacts of climate change.

Eric Schreurs (Utrecht University),  Stef Koop and Kees van Leeuwen (KWR Watercycle Research Institute) recently provided an assessment of the challenges of water, waste and climate change in the city of Quito by performing the City Blueprint Approach consisting of three assessment frameworks: (1) the Trends and Pressure Framework (TPF), (2) the City Blueprint Framework (CBF) and (3) the Governance Capacity Framework (GCF). The TPF summarizes the main social, environmental and financial aspects that may affect urban water management. The CBF provides a clear overview of  Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) performance and its bottlenecks in municipalities and regions. The GCF comprises nine governance dimensions which each consist of three conditions. The GCF provides insight in the most effective improvements to increase the governance capacity to address the identified urban water challenges. Our paper on Quito has just been published