Issue: Pressures created by human settlements on the environment - Urban form

This is an issue under the Human settlements theme of the Data Reporting System.

Why we need to know about this issue

Human settlements exert pressure on the environment by extracting resources from it and by generating wastes and emissions. As population grows and human settlements expand the demands for resources as well as the amount of wastes generated increase. The form and pattern of a settlement also influence its environmental performance and thereby determine the amount of pressure exerted by the settlement on the environment.

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