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Smart Cities and the UN s SDGs

Smart Cities and the UN s SDGs Book
Author : Anna Visvizi,Raquel Perez del Hoyo
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2021-06-01
ISBN : 0323859186
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Smart Cities and the UN SDGs looks at smart cities and the smart city debate through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the broader discussion on sustainability. The authors contributing to this volume explore how the encounter of sophisticated technology and progressing urbanization may yield positive results in city/urban space. The measure of success is defined by the four-pronged goal of inclusion, safety, resilience, and sustainability, as entailed in the SDG 11. The SDGs have been promoted as a comprehensive approach to tackle the key issues and challenges that inhibit sustainable growth and development today. Attempts to quantify progress attained in this respect may be useful but are also misleading. This book makes a case that the value of the SDGs is hidden in between the numbers. It is best represented by the change induced in citizens’ and decision-makers’ attitudes to planning and policymaking. The smart city is but one of the domains where this change takes place. A critical and thorough examination of the SDGs, SDG11, and smart cities Multifaceted, ICT-conscious insights into the smart city agenda as it develops at diverse levels of city planning and policymaking today Focus on inclusion, safety, resilience, and sustainability in the smart city Numerous case studies from around the world Inter- and multidisciplinary insights from academics and practitioners Extensive literature review and policymaking recommendations

Smart Cities and the UN SDGs

Smart Cities and the UN SDGs Book
Author : Anna Visvizi,Raquel Perez del Hoyo
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2021-06-15
ISBN : 9780323851510
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Smart Cities and the UN's SDGs explores how smart cities initiatives intersect with the global goal of making urbanization inclusive, resilient, and sustainable. Topics explored include digital governance, e-democracy, health care access, public-private partnerships, well-being, and more. Examining smart cities concepts, tools, strategies, and obstacles and their applicability to sustainability, the book exposes key structural problems that cities face and how the imperative of sustainability can bypass them. It shows how smart city technological innovation can boost citizens' well-being, serving as a key reference for those seeking to make sense of the issues and challenges of smart cities and SDGs. Includes numerous case studies from around the world Features interdisciplinary insights from academic and practitioner experts Offers an extensive literature review

Smart Cities Issues and Challenges

Smart Cities  Issues and Challenges Book
Author : Miltiadis Lytras,Anna Visvizi
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2019-06-15
ISBN : 0128166398
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In 15 similarly structured chapters, Transitioning to Smart Cities: Mapping Political, Economic, and Social Risks and Threats serves as a primer on smart cities, providing readers with no prior knowledge on smart cities with an understanding of the current smart cities debates. Gathering cutting-edge research and insights from academics, practitioners and policy-makers around the globe, Transitioning to Smart Cities identifies and discusses the nascent threats and challenges contemporary urban areas face, highlighting the drivers and ways of navigating these issues in an effective way. Uniquely providing a blend of conceptual academic analysis with empirical insights, Transitioning to Smart Cities produces policy recommendations that boost urban sustainability and resilience. With the multiplicity of qualitatively new issues and developments in these debates, Transitioning to Smart Cities offer an invaluable framework on current developments shaping today and tomorrow's urban Combines conceptual academic approaches with empirically-driven insights and best practices Offers new approaches and arguments from inter and multi-disciplinary perspectives Provides foundational knowledge and comparative insight from global case-studies that enable critical reflection and operationalization Generates policy recommendations that pave the way to debate and case-based planning

Smart City Emergence

Smart City Emergence Book
Author : Leonidas Anthopoulos
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2019-06-15
ISBN : 0128161698
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Smart City Emergence: Cases from Around the World analyzes how smart cities are currently being conceptualized and implemented, examining the theoretical underpinnings and technologies that connect theory with tangible practice achievements. Using numerous cities from different regions around the globe, the book compares how smart cities of different sizes are evolving in different countries and continents. In addition, it examines the challenges cities face as they adopt the smart city concept, separating fact from fiction, with insights from scholars, government officials and vendors currently involved in smart city implementation. Utilizes a sound and systematic research methodology Includes a review of the latest research developments Contains, in each chapter, a brief summary of the case, an illustration of the theoretical context that lies behind the case, the case study itself, and conclusions showing learned outcomes Examines smart cities in relation to climate change, sustainability, natural disasters and community resiliency

Untangling Smart Cities

Untangling Smart Cities Book
Author : Mark Deakin,Luca Mora
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2019-07-15
ISBN : 0128154772
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Untangling Smart Cities: From Theory to Practice helps all key stakeholders understand the complex and often conflicting nature of smart city research, offering valuable insights for designing and implementing strategies to improve the smart city decision-making processes. The book drives the reader to a better theoretical and practical comprehension of smart city development, beginning with a thorough and systematic analysis of the research literature published to date. The book provides an in-depth understanding of the entire smart city knowledge domain, revealing a deeply rooted division in its cognitive-epistemological structure as identified by bibliometric insights. Untangling Smart Cities fills the knowledge gap between theory and practice using case study research, with empirical evidence drawn from cities considered leaders in innovative smart city practices. An invaluable contribution to the growing scientific literature, Untangling Smart Cities provides an accurate and deep understanding of the strategic principles driving smart city development. Provides clarity on the smart city concepts and strategies Provides a systematic literature analysis on the state-of-the-art of Smart Cities research using bibliometrics combined with practical application to guide smart systems implementation Offers a comprehensive and systematic analysis of Smart Cities research produced during its first three decades, driven by statistical analysis techniques Generates a strong connection between theory and practice by providing the scientific knowledge necessary to approach the complex nature of Smart Cities sourced from the analysis of actual best practices Documents five main development pathways for smart cities development, serving the needs of city managers and policy makers with concrete advice and guidance

Developing and Monitoring Smart Environments for Intelligent Cities

Developing and Monitoring Smart Environments for Intelligent Cities Book
Author : Zaigham Mahmood
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2020
ISBN : 1799850633
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In recent years, intelligent cities, also known as smart cities or cognitive cities, have become a perceived solution for improving the quality of life of citizens while boosting the efficiency of city services and processes. This new vision involves the integration of various sectors of society through the use of the internet of things. By continuing to enhance research for the better development of the smart environments needed to sustain intelligent cities, citizens will be empowered to provision the e-services provided by the city, city officials will have the ability to interact directly with the community as well as monitor digital environments, and smart communities will be developed where citizens can enjoy improved quality of life.

Developing and Monitoring Smart Environments for Intelligent Cities compiles the latest research on the development, management, and monitoring of digital cities and intelligent environments into one complete reference source. The book contains chapters that examine current technologies and the future use of internet of things frameworks as well as device connectivity approaches, communication protocols, security challenges, and their inherent issues and limitations. Including unique coverage on topics such as connected vehicles for smart transportation, security issues for smart homes, and building smart cities for the blind, this reference is ideal for practitioners, urban developers, urban planners, academicians, researchers, and students.

Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Villages Research

Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Villages Research Book
Author : Miltiadis D. Lytras,Anna Visvizi
Publisher : MDPI
Release : 2018-10-19
ISBN : 303897224X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue "Sustainable Smart Cities and Smart Villages Research" that was published in Sustainability

Smart Sustainable City Profile for Goris Armenia

Smart Sustainable City Profile for Goris  Armenia Book
Author : United Nations Publications
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2019-06-13
ISBN : 9789211171648
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Cities are engines of economic growth; hence, the development of countries depends on how their cities will develop in the future. At the same time, the expanding cities are vulnerable to economic, social and environmental risks and the high level of urbanization presents serious challenges for sustainable development and climate change adaptation. This situation has the potential to become critical and irreversible if not acted upon soon. To address the major urban challenges, UNECE and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) developed, jointly with 15 other UN bodies and other partners, the Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities. This is a set of 91 indicators, which are an important tool to assess the performance of cities in the areas of environment, economy, social and cultural development, and support the achievement of the SDGs at the local level. By using these indicators, UNECE develops Smart Sustainable City Profiles with concrete recommendations for actions, including priorities for investments into city development. The city profiles when prepared will support local authorities in establishing priority actions for their cities' development. These initiatives are included in the programme "United Smart Cities" (USC). Goris was selected as the first pilot city for this project upon request from the government of Armenia. The Smart Sustainable City Profile for Goris provides the first case study for this work and could be used as an example that not only other cities in Armenia, but cities with similar economic, environmental and socio-cultural development, can use as a model.

Smart Governance for Cities Perspectives and Experiences

Smart Governance for Cities  Perspectives and Experiences Book
Author : Nuno Vasco Moreira Lopes
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2019-08-28
ISBN : 3030220702
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book provides theoretical perspectives and practical experiences on smart governance for smart cities. It presents a balanced linkage between research, policies and practices on this area. The authors discuss the sustainability challenges raised by rapid urbanization, challenges with smart governance models in various countries, and a new governance paradigm seen as a capable approach able to overcome social, economic and environmental sustainability problems. The authors include case studies on transformation, adaption and transfers; and country, regional, municipal contextualization. Also included are best practices on monitoring and evaluating smart governance and impact assessment. The book features contributions from researchers, academics, and practitioners in the field. Analyzes smart governance for cities from a variety of perspectives and a variety of sectors – both in theory and in practice Features information on the linkage between United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and smart governance Covers the connection between research, policies and practice in smart governance for smart cities

Measuring and Monitoring Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Measuring and Monitoring Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals Book
Author : United Nations Publications
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2021-03-31
ISBN : 9789211172508
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In order to better support Member States in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) identified four areas where its programmes and expertise converge. These "nexus" areas are sustainable use of natural resources; sustainable and smart cities for all ages; sustainable mobility and smart connectivity; and measuring and monitoring progress towards the SDGs. This publication supports efforts within the fourth nexus area, measuring and monitoring progress towards the SDGs. The focus is on the challenges faced by countries in the UNECE region.

Sustainable Development Research in the Asia Pacific Region

Sustainable Development Research in the Asia Pacific Region Book
Author : Walter Leal Filho,Judy Rogers,Usha Iyer-Raniga
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2018-02-27
ISBN : 3319732935
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This multidisciplinary book focuses on best practices in sustainability research in the Asia-Pacific Region. Drawing links between research, practice, education for sustainability and the needs of industry, it addresses the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The book also presents research undertaken by a wide range of universities on matters related to sustainable development, in order to promote research in this area across multiple disciplines. Four key themes are explored: (1) Education for Sustainability. (2) Sustainable Cities. (3) Sustainable Buildings. (4) Sustainable Infrastructure. This unique book documents and disseminates the wealth of know-how on sustainable development research in the Asia-Pacific Region today. It presents lessons learned and comparative case studies from various countries, including India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia.

Urban Growth Patterns in India

Urban Growth Patterns in India Book
Author : Bharath H Aithal,T.V. Ramachandra
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2020-03-04
ISBN : 1000045404
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book uses spatio-temporal analysis to understand urbanisation in Indian cities and explain the concept and impact of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It creates a GHG footprint for Indian cities and engages in a discussion about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and smart city initiatives within an Indian context. Understanding the spatial patterns of land use/land cover (LULC) dynamics in the rapidly urbanising cities of India, the readers will be able to simulate future urbanisation patterns and use spatial temporal analysis as a tool for implementing appropriate mitigation measures. Features Analyses the complete urbanisation and urban sprawl of major cities in India using advanced geospatial modelling techniques Highlights the best practices and methods used in modelling urban growth Discusses greenhouse gas emissions from various sectors and their effects in local environments Addresses the increase of local temperature in cities due to unplanned land use change and its impact on environmental sustainability and resilience Fills the need for data-driven governance and policy decisions by introducing various analyses through spatial mapping Highlighting some of the best practices and tools being used for modelling urban growth through case studies, the book is useful to those interested in using new technologies and methods for data collection and problem solving. It focuses on the major environmental issues in India, which are prevalent in most developing countries.

Developing National Urban Policies

Developing National Urban Policies Book
Author : Debolina Kundu,Remy Sietchiping,Michael Kinyanjui
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2020-07-31
ISBN : 9789811537370
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book discusses and analyzes past and ongoing national urban policy development efforts from around the globe, particularly those that can lead the way toward smart and green cities. In view of the adoption of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially the goal to have cities that are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, urban policies that can help achieve this goal are urgently needed. The UN-Habitat (HABITAT III) puts national urban policies at the heart of implementing and rethinking the urban agenda, and identifies them as being integral to the equitable and sustainable development of nations. Against this background, this important book, which gathers contributions from academics, planners and urban specialists, reviews existing urban policies from developing and developed nations, discusses various countries’ smart and green urban policies, and outlines the way forward. As such, it is essential reading for all social scientists, planners, designers, architects, and policymakers working on urban development around the world.

Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development

Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development Book
Author : Walter Leal Filho,Amanda Lange Salvia,Rudi W. Pretorius,Luciana Londero Brandli,Evangelos Manolas,Fatima Alves,Ulisses Azeiteiro,Judy Rogers,Chris Shiel,Arminda Do Paco
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2019-04-30
ISBN : 3030156044
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book fills an important gap in the literature, and presents contributions from scientists and researchers working in the field of sustainable development who have engaged in dynamic approaches to implementing sustainability in higher education. It is widely known that universities are key players in terms of the implementation and further development of sustainability, with some having the potential of acting as “living labs” in this rapidly growing field. Yet there are virtually no publications that explore the living labs concept as it relates to sustainability, and in an integrated manner. The aims of this book, which is an outcome of the “4th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2018), held in Malaysia in 2018, are as follows: i. to document the experiences of universities from all around the world in curriculum innovation, research, activities and practical projects as they relate to sustainable development at the university level; ii. to disseminate information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects, including successful initiatives and good practice; iii. to introduce and discuss methodological approaches and projects that seek to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curricula of universities; and iv. to promote the scalability of existing and future models from universities as living labs for sustainable development. The papers are innovative, cross-cutting and many reflect practice-based experiences, some of which may be replicable elsewhere. Also, this book, prepared by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) and the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC), reinforces the role played by universities as living labs for sustainable development.

The Development of Eco Cities in China

The Development of Eco Cities in China Book
Author : Juke Liu,Weiping Sun,Wenzhen Hu
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2016-10-17
ISBN : 9811022879
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book presents an in-depth study on and summary of the current practice and theories for the construction of eco-cities in China in the context of the country’s rapid urbanization. It argues that by 2020, 60% of China’s population will live in cities. And the evolution from “green cities” to “eco- cities”, and subsequently to “smart cities” is crucial to China’s sustainable development. The book presents a feasible and objective quantitative evaluation system for the sustainable and healthy development of eco-cities. It summarizes the Chinese experience in building eco- cities as the coordinated development of economy, society, resources and environment, with the goal being “to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. This is essential to achieving a number of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the book defines the current stage of development Chinese cities have reached in terms of ecological construction, and offers guidance on selecting suitable urban ecological construction modes and improvement approaches. It provides a valuable reference source and guidebook for research on and the practice of eco-city construction. Accordingly, it will help other countries around the world, especially the developing countries, to benefit from China’s successful experience.

Sustaining our Environment for Better Future

Sustaining our Environment for Better Future Book
Author : Abdelnaser Omran,Odile Schwarz-Herion
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2019-08-05
ISBN : 981137158X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book covers a variety of topics regarding environmental practices in our day-to-day lives, as well as topics concerning sustainable development as a broader concept embracing ecological, social, and economic aspects to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Starting with the traditional controversy between the neoclassical economy and sustainable economy, which may be overcome by scientific progress due to more intensive scientific studies of the sustainability paradigm, the book proceeds to discuss various problems and challenges regarding environmental protection and sustainable development in different countries and on different continents. This includes analyses of recent, sometimes fatal mining disasters in South and North America, challenges and opportunities for rural development in Africa and Australia, an exploration of the role of women for sustainable development in Palestine, water safety and water security issues in Asia and Australia, the environmental exploitation of popular tourism destinations like Acapulco, and deforestation in Malaysia, suggesting innovative approaches to turn challenges into opportunities to effectively tackle these problems. Other topics addressed involve sustainable energy creation for future generations, a research survey among Romanian students on sustainable consumption behavior, validity testing for a heat transfer model in a greenhouse, and a case study on sustainability risk management practices at Malaysia’s environmentally sensitive companies. The book closes with an examination of highly digitalized Smart Cities as a potentially valuable complement to conventional urban and rural lifestyles in connection with achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Making Cities Resilient

Making Cities Resilient Book
Author : Vishwa Raj Sharma,Chandrakanta
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2019-02-08
ISBN : 3319949322
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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As the world has transformed, so have cities. Today, cities are home to 54 percent of the world’s population, and by the middle of this century that figure will likely rise to 66 percent. According to the United Nations (UN) Habitat I (1972), Habitat II (1996) and Habitat III (2016) summits, cities are facing many serious challenges, including growing inequality, security concerns and the worsening impacts of climate change. Uncontrolled urbanization has led to many problems (haphazard growth of areas, emergence of slums, inadequate water and power supply, poor sanitation, shortage of transport and other civic amenities, shrinking green spaces, pollution, crime, and urban disaster risks such as fire, flood, road and industrial accidents, etc.). Worldwide, communities at the international, national and local level are continuously working to improve human habitats. In order to make our planet more sustainable, the UN has moved from the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Among the latter, the aim of SDG 11 is to “...make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” In light of these challenges, various terms have emerged to help understand urban issues. Visualizing the problem, the United Nations program “Making Cities Resilient” is focused on mitigating the disaster risk in urban areas. This book analyzes terms such as: sustainable, resilient, livable, inclusive, smart and world class city, which have emerged in the process of combating urban challenges in today’s world. The book addresses emerging concepts for cities, challenges and potentials, urban environments, health and planning/policies. Covering 14 large cities in India, as well as case studies from Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Poland and Sweden, it provides a regional dimension to and micro-level perspective on urban issues.

Organizing Smart Buildings and Cities

Organizing Smart Buildings and Cities Book
Author : Elisabetta Magnaghi,Véronique Flambard,Daniela Mancini,Julie Jacques,Nicolas Gouvy
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2021-02-02
ISBN : 9783030606060
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The United Nations included sustainable cities and communities in its 2030 SDGs. Cities and, on a smaller scale, neighborhoods, building managers and firms are now adopting technologies and information systems to help achieve the energy, economic, social and environmental transition. This volume gathers contributions on the key organizational success factors for this transition. To do so, it analyzes the role of information systems, use of data, and technological assistance solutions from multiple perspectives. The goal is to develop a framework that can successfully apply information systems to organizational and environmental issues for smart cities and smart buildings. Accordingly, the book addresses living-lab experiment evaluation techniques, and provides critical analyses of the role of the environment, context and users’ behavioral responses. In addition, it discusses key questions on the efficient management of resources, need for appropriate IT solutions, and employing co-creation with users to improve planning and organization.

ICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment

ICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment Book
Author : Francisco J. Mata,Ana Pont
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2016-08-29
ISBN : 3319444476
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 6th IFIP World Information Technology Forum, WITFOR 2016, San José, Costa Rica, in September 2016. The 16 full papers and 6 short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 45 submissions. Within the general theme ICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment the papers are organized in the following topical sections encompassing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted by the United Nations: ICT and cross-cutting development issues; ICT and environmental problems: ICT and human development problems; and ICT and economic development problems.

Exploring Synergies and Trade offs between Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals

Exploring Synergies and Trade offs between Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals Book
Author : V. Venkatramanan,Shachi Shah,Ram Prasad
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2020-11-16
ISBN : 9811573018
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The existential environmental crisis prompted the United Nations to formulate the Millennium Development Goals at the turn of the 21st century in order to embark on an era of sustainable development. The progress and deficiencies in achieving the Millennium Development Goals provided impetus to the intelligentsia and policymakers to map out the pertinent goals for a sustainable growth trajectory for humanity and the planet. The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted in September 2015, took the shape of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. In effect, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals focus on protecting the earth's life support systems for intra- and inter-generational equity and for development that is rooted in sustainability science. Attaining these goals is an uphill task; nevertheless, scientific knowledge, trans and interdisciplinary inquiries, concerted global action and capacity building would provide an enabling environment for achieving the SDGs. This book explores the synergies and trade-offs between climate change management and other SDGs. It highlights the policy imperatives as well as the interrelations between combating climate change and its impacts (SDG 13) and food and nutritional security (SDG 2), water security (SDG 6), soil security (SDG 15), energy security (SDG 7), poverty eradication (SDG 1), gender equality (SDG 5), resilient infrastructure (SDG 9), and sustainable and resilient cities (SDG 11).