The URBENVIRON INTERNATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF URBAN-ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE (URBENVIRON OBSERVATORY) aims to create, analyze and disseminate technical and scientific knowledge in support to participative processes of decision making, promoting the knowledge sharing for enforcement of urban-environmental governance.


The URBENVIRON OBSERVATORY is a strategic tool of the Urbenviron International Association for Environmental Planning and Management, an independent and impartial non-profit organization settled in Brasilia, that grown up as a result of an initiative started in 2003 inside the Graduate Program on Environmental Planning and Management of the Catholic University of Brasilia, in cooperation with others universities and research institutes in Latin America, Europe and USA.


The Association acts mainly through: (i) promotion of biennial world congresses (Brasilia 2005, Berlin 2007, Seoul 2009, Cairo 2011), and respective preparatory seminars (Brasilia 2004, Rio de Janeiro 2006, São Paulo 2008, Santiago de Chile 2010), where the produced knowledge comes to be discussed and disseminated, making of urban-environmental governance a permanent debate theme; (ii) networking in urban environmental governance practices; and (iii) coordination of the Observatory in the searching and analyses of innovative solutions.


The Association presently gathers institutions and individuals of 44 countries in the main purpose of promoting and monitoring the implementation of the principles stated in the CHARTA OF BRASILIA, that was launched by the participants of 1st Urbenviron Congress Brasilia 2005, joining the efforts of the United Nations and international organizations in the disclosure of sustainable environment management practices all around the world.


Operational arm of the URBENVIRON OBSERVATORY is URBENVIRONET (International Network for Environmental Planning and Management), that connects Urbenviron associates world-wide in the identification, evaluation and dissemination of good governance forms. Aiming to establish a pattern for the evaluation work, the OBSERVATORY presently counts on 6 Latin American universities (University of La Plata in Argentina; Catholic University of Brasilia, Presbyterian University Mackenzie und University of São Paulo in Brazil; University of Chile; and University of Arequipa in Peru), the Technical University of Berlin and the Institute de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), for creating and testing a Report Form, and developing a data bank in SQL in support to reports analysis and on-line networking as well.