Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning

This course provides participants with a functional and integrated understanding of the dynamics of urban land use.


SDG11: Sustainable cities and communities
Urban development

Urbanization is the defining global phenomenon of this century. For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Between 2000 and 2030, in developing countries, the urban population is expected to double, and the entire built-up area is projected to triple if current trends continue. This rapid demographic and spatial transformation will be difficult for cities in developing countries to cope with, especially small and medium-sized cities, where capacity is typically inadequate to manage major urban challenges, i.e. climate change, resource scarcity, increased poverty and informality, and safety and security concerns.

Urban land use planning, if led by well-informed policies based on sustainable development principles and supported by well-planned and well-managed initiatives and investments, can help address these challenges.

Leadership, Learning and Innovation (LLI) has developed the “Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning” course which covers many of these policies and actions in detail. The objective of this learning program is to help participants understand the dynamics of urban land use in a functional and integrated way. The course also demonstrates how to effectively utilize policies and planning instruments for managing urban growth and achieving sustainable, equitable and efficient results.

Target Audience

Our course is for policymakers, city managers, and urban practitioners in developing countries, who are working on urban land use issues on a daily basis and are constantly dealing with the multiple challenges that accompany rapid urbanization.

Learning Objectives

After the completion of the course, participants will be able to understand:

  • The importance of land use planning.
  • Institutions, policies and tools for effective land use planning.
  • How to integrate land use planning and infrastructure.
  • How to manage growth in Peri-Urban areas.
  • How to promote local economic development through land use planning.
  • Social equity and land use planning.
  • Climate change and land use planning.