chapter  5
International Intercity Collaboration and its Potential Application in Low Carbon Development
ByHidenori Nakamura, Hideyuki Mori
Pages 36

This chapter introduces the international intercity networks, or platforms, for sustainable cities in Asia, and discusses potential application of the network in climate change mitigation through strengthening local-level management of low carbon development.1 An international intercity platform is desirable in order to facilitate local low carbon development initiatives, especially in developing countries. Such collaborative activities among cities have the potential to produce effects that may not happen without collaboration and networking: dissemination and transfer of knowledge, policies, and practices; development of joint projects in business and research; and increasing the international presence of the city (Nakamura et al. 2010a; Fujikura et al. 2010). The High Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC), held in Jakarta, Indonesia in March 2010 at the East Asia Summit Environment Ministers Meeting, also confirmed that forming ESC was a priority topic in Asia. Strengthening support for intercity networks was also recommended.2