The challenge of environmental management in urban areas - an introduction, Adrian Atkinson and Julio D. Davila. Part 1 Policy: policy and politics in urban environmental management, Edesio Fernandes; creating metropolitan environmental strategies, Kalyan Biswas; issues of inequality in managing water supply in Asian cities, P.B. Anand; environmental management in the Cape Metropolitan area, Amanda Younge; the national urban parks programme in Santiago, Chile, Sergio F. Leon Balza; the governance of waste management in African cities, J.M. Lusugga Kironde; what's health got to do with it? using environmental health to guide priority-setting towards equitable environmental management in cities, Carolyn Stephens. Part 2 Management: management of the urban environment, Michael Mattingly; air pollution in Sao Paolo - the challenge for environmental co-responsibility and innovative crisis management, Pedro Jacobi and Nelson Gouveia; sustainable urban development and the urban poor in Rio de Janeiro, David J. Edelman et al; solid waste management in Copenhagen, Jeff Cooper; the social "nature" of floods in Buenos Aires - rainfall increase or higher vulnerability?, Osvaldo Girardin and Gabriela Greco; solid waste management in Colombo, V.U. Ratnayake; the working group approach to environmental management under the Accra sustainable programme, Ben K. Doe and Doris Tetteh; the development of a systematic approach to urban environmental planning and management in Thailand, Adrian Atkinson. Part 3 Organizations and politics: organziation and politics in urban environmental management, Julio D. Davila and Adrian Atkinson; beyond the myths of the new environmental localism, Simon Marvin and Simon Guy; local-international partnerships in metropolitan environmental management - Latin American experiences, Adriana Allen; the local agenda 21 process in the United Kingdom - lessons for policy and practice in stakeholder participation, Chris Church; negotiating the local-central government relationship - experience from flood hazard management, John Handmer; decentralization, local autonomy and metropolitan influence - the case of Salvador, Brazil, Celina Souza; controversy over the preservation of a metropolitan area's fresh water reservoirs -legal instruments and the politics of environmental management in Istanbul, Turkey, Ayse Yonder; research-management as an approach to solving environmental conflicts in metropolitan areas - a case study of Manizales-Villamaria Conurbation, Colombia, Luz Stella Velasquez and Margarita Pacheco; community-based environmental management in urban Tanzania, Alphonce G. Kyessi.