Emerging Cities


World Urban Parks established the Emerging Cities region in late 2017 to represent the needs of the cities around the global south, where greater growth of urbanization is happening (developing countries). In 2015, there were 1,729 cities with a population of greater than 300,000. This will grow by 30% by 2030. The regions that will grow substantially are Asia, Africa, and South America.

Most of these cities have common issues around urban sprawl, immigration, informal developments, inequality among many other conditions, and specifically, underdeveloped green space and green space management, as well as challenges in population growth, infrastructure and access. In general, the area would cover South and Central America, Africa, Central Asia and Pacific Islands. They will be defined by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or simply opting in. The Region will better serve, several deputy chairs are proposed.

Current Projects

  • Expand the Emerging Cities membership: focus on Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, India, and other cities where the per capita GDP is below $25,000.
  • World Urban Parks Emerging Cities Region is a new region under development. The close proximity of countries and members will provide a number of opportunities to attend programmed events and activities at reduced travel costs.

Past Projects

  • Assisted with 2016 World Urban Parks Congress in Cape Town, South Africa from 26 to 28 September in partnership with the Institute of Environment and Recreation Management (IERM)


Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in joining the Emerging Cities Committee.