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UN-HABITAT Releases Bulletin on Urban Planning Activities in Europe

10 November 2010: UN-HABITAT released the 2010 Regional Bulletin highlighting its activities in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe focusing on better urban planning, stronger local government, climate change measures and decentralization. The Bulletin underscores the role of spatial planning in protecting people from future disasters, noting that natural disasters such as flooding, subsidence and brush fire related problems, are increasingly threatening the region. It stresses that UN-HABITAT has called for better urban planning to take into account risks of natural disasters, including compact cities rather than sprawling. In addition, the agency has advocated for cities to increase investments in adequate drainage and air corridors to ensure a natural cooling effect to tackle the impact of climate change. [UN-HABITAT Press Release] [UN-HABITAT Bulletin]