Fostering sustainable urban development in Nakuru, Kenya Rift Valley

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Mbuguah, Solomon (2004). Fostering sustainable urban development in Nakuru, Kenya Rift Valley. Mountain Research and Development, 24(3), pp. 210-214. International Mountain Society

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The town of Nakuru—Kenya's fourth largest town—lies in a unique setting in the Great Rift Valley. Recent developments on the Menengai Crater, the Mau Escarpment, and the Bahati Highlands exemplify the impacts of poorly planned urban growth on mountain ecosystems. The Nakuru Local Urban Observatory (LUO) project was initiated by the Municipal Council of Nakuru in January 2003, in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Berne and the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG), and with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project aims to provide a framework for sustainable urban development practices by building technical skills and improving participation by local stakeholders in decision-making processes. The potentials of information technology (IT) are being tapped to provide up-to-date information to decision-makers and democratize access to information, in order to improve public participation. The overall objective is to find ways of achieving better urban management in order to mitigate non-sustainable development trends in the town and its surroundings.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Ehrensperger, Albrecht


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics




International Mountain Society




Stephan Schmidt

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08 Dec 2015 10:42

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08 Dec 2015 10:42




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