Funded under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, URBACHINA is a collaborative project managed by a consortium of 11 leading Chinese and European research institutions. Coordinated by CNRS (France’s National Centre for Scientific Research), URBACHINA will analyse China's urbanisation trends for the next 40 years and define possible future scenarios with reference to concepts of sustainability.
European Union - China cooperation
URBACHINA is a research project, which places strong emphasis on the cooperation between the EU-China. Although Europe and China have followed different urbanisation paths, there is nonetheless room for mutual learning. One of the main objectives of this project is to strengthen the collaboration between Chinese and EU researchers and policy-makers driven by the common goal of building sustainable cities.
Urbanisation has been a consequence of the accelerated pace of economic development triggered by a sequence of policies to open up and reform the Chinese economy at the end of 1978. Given the significant impact that recent rapid urbanisation trends have had on the environment, resources, and health, the expected growth of China's cities poses a unique challenge to sustainability.
URBACHINA specifically addresses four aspects of sustainability:
- institutional foundations and policies
- land, property and the urban rural divide
- infrastructure and services for sustainable urbanisation
- traditions and modern lifestyles in cities.
URBACHINA ultimately aims to:
- enhance the common understanding of urbanisation trends in both China and Europe,
- identify the main aspects of urban sustainability,
- influence policy-makers and society on sustainability issues, through strong dissemination
- strategies i.e. publications, events, media involvement and its website.