Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Presentation Title: Resilience in the urban landscapes: Improving well-being in rapidly urbanizing Africa




This presentation dealt with human well-being and how landscapes are transforming in Africa, especially how rapid urbanization is affecting demographic, economic, technological and ecological transitions.  How is the urban transition affecting the ecological transition and vice versa? 

Key Lessons Learned

Characteristics of a good city include: easy and safe transportation; promotion of social-economic opportunities; and utilization of local resources to promote health.  Evidence that these have been achieved include reduced social and political tensions, a healthier population, an efficient economy and more efficient use of time among citizens.

Knowledge Gaps and Needs

A socio-cultural valuation for local land-use that transcends economic value.