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Vanuatu’s urbanization rate to reach more than 50% by 2050

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Vanuatu’s urbanization rate is expected to increase from 25% in 2009 to more than 50% by 2050, according to the new report by ADB.

“This substantial increase in urban population places significant pressure on the environment and must
be carefully managed to ensure environmental degradation does not adversely impact locals and tourists alike,” says the report.

“Green city development principles have been employed in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Port Vila and Vanuatu. These principles are also seen in the Port Vila Urban Development Project, started in 2013, which aims to lay the foundations for sustainable urban development with better hygiene conditions and reduced water-based hazards. The project has five main outputs: improved roads and drainage; improved sanitation; improved hygiene for central area and settlement communities; improved capacity by government agencies and community organizations to manage sanitation, roads, and drainage systems effectively and efficiently; and efficient project management services.”