Eco-towns – The Asian Experience

By Ben Wismen

April 2011 FEATURE
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In 2009, seri was tasked to do a pilot project for establishing Eco-towns in Penang. This year, it was the sole representative for Penang at the Seventh Asia-Pacific Eco-Business Forum to discuss urban sustainability.OPINIONS VARY WHEN it comes to the definition of an Eco-town; essentially, an Eco-town is a township that incorporates environmental protection and management practices in its daily affairs. For example, Kawasaki’s Eco-town concept is mainly based on the material waste-resource cycle. The industrial area was refurnished and...

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Ben Wismen

is a research officer at SERI specialising in environmental and sustainability studies, local governance and heritage.