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Sustainable Development of Urban Regions – SURE

The BMBF funding priority »SURE« is application-oriented research. Project teams from science, civil society, business, politics and administration work together to develop practical solutions for more sustainable and resilient cities and regions in Southeast Asia and China.

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Sustainable Urban Regions

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Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Sustainable urban transformation
  • Energy and resource-efficient building
  • Integrated urban neighbourhood development
  • Promotion of urban quality of life
  • Urban greening and urban climate
  • Environmentally friendly behaviour and sustainable lifestyles


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Energy efficient society
  • Sustainable utilisation concepts for historic wooden houses
  • Increase of indoor comfort
  • Improvement of air quality
  • Urban quality of life


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Sustainable supply and waste infrastructure
  • Social and environmentally sustainable technologies
  • Conceptual and technical synergies
  • Resource-efficiency
  • Urban-regional cooperation
  • Sustainable urban-rural development
  • Implementation processes


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Earth observation, mapping and analysis of nature and infrastructure
  • Modelling and scenario development of flood events
  • Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction
  • Strengthening climate resilience
  • »FRAME« information system for risk-informed planning
  • Adaptive and sustainable urban development


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Strengthening climate resilience
  • Modelling of nature-based solutions and blue-green infrastructure
  • Participation, co-learning and co-creation
  • Sustainable urban transformation
  • Heat adaptation and air quality improvement
  • Improving the urban quality of life


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Strategic planning of »green infrastructure«
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Climate protection and adaptation
  • Knowledge transfer into planning practice


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Integrated urban development and sustainable neighbourhoods
  • Urban quality of life
  • Environmentally friendly behaviour and sustainable living
  • Strategic risk reduction of informal settlements
  • Improving socio-economic vulnerability
  • Participatory urban development
  • Transferability of resilient urban planning


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Integrative, sustainable risk management
  • Concepts of multiple risk prevention
  • Culturally adapted risk prevention
  • Protection of personal documents
  • Securing of critical infrastructure
  • »Build back better« strategies


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Water-sensitive transformation of urban spaces
  • Sustainable water management
  • Efficient municipal services of general interest
  • Resilience to droughts and floods
  • Reliable drinking water and sanitation supply
  • Urban quality of life


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Strategic planning and governance tools
  • Integrated territorial development
  • Strengthening urban-rural relations
  • Strengthening circular development
  • Urban-rural material flows, socio-spatial practices and migration
  • Urban-rural landscape typologies and ecosystem services
Sustainable Urban Regions


Research Update 14 – Research and Planning in Sam Neua

Sustainable Urban Regions

The PolyUrbanWaters research team with members from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Germany conducted extensive research in Sam Neua with the…

Announcement: FloodAdaptVN back in Thua Thien Huê

Sustainable Urban Regions

The FloodAdaptVN consortium will meet with all project partners and local stakeholders in the last week of July. The project…

Our Events

5th World Planning Schools Congress and 16th Asian Planning Schools Association Congress 2022

FloodAdaptVN, IMECOGIP, PolyUrbanWaters, SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research Project

The three research projects FloodAdaptVN, IMECOGIP and PolyUrbanWaters as well as the SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research project will host a parallel session on the topic...

SURE at the AESOP Congress 2022

SURE Facilitation & Synthesis Research Project

Mai Ahmed will give a presentation on the topic “Unknown knowns: Knowledge mining for sustainable transformation research and practice” at the AESOP Congress in Tartu, Estonia on 27 July 2022 on behalf of the  SURE Facilitation & Synthesis Research project.

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On LinkedIn we keep you informed about SURE’s activities in Southeast Asia and China including events, cooperations and research updates.
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Greener cities through participation!🙋🏽‍♀️

The interactive maps of the GreenCityLabHuế invite you to share your favorite #green spaces and disadvantaged areas that would benefit from additional #greening 🇻🇳

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Yesterday @MaiMahmoudIbra2 gave a presentation on the topic “Unknown knowns: Knowledge mining for sustainable transformation research and practice” at the AESOP Congress on behalf of the SURE Facilitation & Synthesis Research project. Find out more:

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