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4th Urbenviron International Congress on Environmental Planning and Management wil happen at Cairo and aims to bring together scientists, scholars, planners, policy makers, students, representatives of NGOs and other stakeholders from across the globe.

The 4th International Congress on Environmental Planning & Management, builds upon a series that started 2005 in Brasilia and evolved to another two conferences in Berlin (2007) and Seoul (2009). As with previous meetings, the URBENVIRON CAIRO 2011 intends to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field, to exchange knowledge and experiences, as well as to seek and highlight developments in managerial strategies and assessment tools for policy and decision makers at the planning level.

Since its launching during the Aalborg Conference in Denmark in 1994, the concept of the sustainable city has spread throughout the world. The aim of sustainable development now influences urban policies, management and practices both in the North and the South.

The Urbenviron Cairo 2011 addresses the subject of achieving Green Cities in an integrated way as well as in accordance with the principles of sustainability. It has become apparent that planners, environmentalists, architects, engineers, policy makers and economists have to work together in order to ensure that planning and development can meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations.

Until de 28th July they will be receiving abstracts for a presentation at the event.


- Full papers will be published in the ISBN registered Conference Proceedings.

- English is the language of all presentations and papers.

- Best papers are intended to be published by the international journal “Management of Environmental Quality” (MEQ), ISSN: 1477-7835.

discussion topics

1 Green Building - Concepts, applications, constrains and potentials
Innovative building methods & materials.
Innovative urban & architecture design.
Vernacular Architecture as a framework for green building/construction.
Energy efficiency in building.

2 Environmental Governance at Local Level
Theoretical approaches and methods.
Challenges of environmental governance.
Social determinants of environmental governance, including Gender.
Institutional organization, political tradition and local context.
Regulatory framework.
Urban planning as an instrument of local governance.
Capacity development of local authorities and civil society organizations.
Public-private/public-public partnerships.
Successful experiences.

3 Green Tourism
Heritage management
Planning tourism in heritage sites.
Heritage interpretation and education.
Best practices.

4 Urban Mobility
Sustainable urban transportation systems/reducing energy consumption.
Models and tools for planning, design and operation of urban transportation.
Information technology and transportation science.
Best practices.

5 Water Management
Water resources management.
Water supply, water treatment, water distribution.
Regulatory framework.
Policies and evaluation studies.
River basin territorial planning.
Successful experiences.
Networking on water management.

6 Ecological Planning and Planning for Vulnerabilities
Natural hazards mitigation and adaptation.
Theory and models for sustainable cities: eco-village, low carbon city, and others.
Sustainable urbanization: concepts and implementation.
Standards and codes for sustainable neighborhoods.
Methods of environmental planning/ Strategic impact assessment.
Climate change and natural disaster risk reduction.
Sustainable urban infrastructures, green technologies, eco-technologies.
Multipurpose open spaces.
Innovative methods for urban infrastructure.

7 Environmental Sanitation
Urban wastewater treatment, disposal, reuse and sludge management.
Solid waste collection, treatment, disposal, recycling, reuse and recovery.
Local and regional environmental sanitation planning.
Urban drainage.
Soil contamination, brown fields.
Successful experiences.
Networking on environmental sanitation.

All accepted papers will be published in the Congress Proceedings. Depending on the characteristics of each paper, the International Scientific Committee will suggest one of the following presentation formats:

- Slides for oral presentation at the thematic sessions;

- Poster format for presentation in the display area, where posters will stay in place during the Congress.


July 28
submission of an abstract (maximum length of 350 words) containing: purpose, design/ methodology/ approach, findings, originality/ value, key words, paper type. Paper title with a maximum length of 125 characters. All abstracts submitted must be sent to and

August 22
publication of the abstract selection results.

October 30
submission of a full-length 10-15-page paper, author’s registration and fee payment (at least one of the authors). Paper format: A4, Microsoft Word, font Times New Roman 12, space 1,5, margins 2.5 cm on all sides. The text should contain: Conference Topic; Title; Author(s) name (s), institution, address, email; Abstract of  10 lines; Key words; Introduction; Methodology; Discussion; Results; Conclusions; References.

registration fees

Payment until Oct 30
Full Registration Fee - US$ 300
Student Registration Fee - US$ 100
URBENVIRON Members - US$ 200

Payment after Oct 30
Full Registration Fee - US$ 350
Student Registration Fee - US$ 130
URBENVIRON Members - US$ 250

The Registration Fee covers the costs of two Technical Visits: 1. 6th October City; and 2. Cairo City, and attendance of the El-Gouna Workshop (s. Congress Programme) as well.

The best post will receive an award from the International Association for Environmental Planning and Management (Urbenviron)

further informations

Call for Papers

from 10/12/2011
to 13/12/2011

Housing & Building National Reserch Center of Egypt
87 Tahrir Street, Dokki
Giza, Egypt

Brasília DF Brasil


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