State of Sri Lankan Cities 2018 report presents the first comprehensive assessment of Sri Lanka's recent urban development. It is a key output of the ambitious 21 month State of Sri Lankan Cities Project, which includes both a report and an urban database to support sustainable urban development in Sri Lanka.

The report includes 10 chapters of data and analysis, to provide detailed sectoral assessments of Sri Lanka's cities and present an integrated policy analysis. In doing so, it aims to support evidence-based urban policy and planning to drive the social and economic development of the country's urban centres.

The report draws on methodologies developed by UN-Habitat in other State of Cities Reports to examine the 'state' of Sri Lanka's major cities and highlight overall trends in the country's urban development. It uses recent satellite images to establish land use and urban expansion patterns, and also draws on statistical data, surveys and city workshops to engage local stakeholders. The assessment centres on a detailed analysis of the country's 9 Provincial Capitals, including Anuradhapura (North Central Province), Badulla (Uva Province), Jaffna (Northern Province), Kandy (Central Province), Kurunegala (North Western Province), Ratnapura (Sabaragamuwa Province), Trincomalee (Eastern Province), and Colombo, the capital of the Western Province and of the country.

The report outlines a vision of a better urban future for all Sri Lankans, drawing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda, as well as key Government of Sri Lanka strategic documents. This future vision of Sri Lankan cities includes 5 key tenets, competitiveness, inclusivity, resilience, safety and sustainability, which frame the analysis in the following chapters.

An integrated policy matrix is outlined at the end of the report. It is envisaged that the matrix will provide a roadmap to aid policy makers to identify cross-sectoral policies, which work across multiple sectors to remove constraints and achieve a better urban future for all Sri Lankans.

Executive summary (SOSLC report 2018)

The state of Sri Lankan cities 2018 (SoSLC) report includes 10 chapters of data and analysis, to provide detailed sectoral assessment of Sri Lanka’s cities and present and integrated policy analysis. 

Way forward (SOSLC report 2018)

This road map for Sri Lankan cities details possible future policy and programme directions to promote social and economic development in the country’s urban centres. 

Methodology (SOSLC report 2018)

Methodology of creating land use maps, data extraction from medium high resolution satellite images, population estimates and the methodology of creating spatial data for Bellanwila Attidiya wetland is elaborated. 

Maps (SOSLC report 2018)

There are main 3 types of maps in this section. They are urban expansion maps, Land use maps and derived maps. Created accurate land use 2017 maps are based on, Secondary data (survey dept.), field verification (openstreetmap) and UDA maps.

City profiles (SOSLC report 2018)

The section includes a summarized overview on each provincial capital city with an elaborative data set. The data includes primary, secondary and spatial data extractions respectively to each city. 

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