Stakeholders from all over the world met in Quito, Ecuador, from 17–20 October 2016 for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to discuss the trends in urban planning and management.

With the world’s urban population accounting for 54.5% of the global population (and growing), rapid urbanization can lead to degradation and depletion of natural resources. Today more than ever, our cities must therefore take advantage of all available cutting edge technologies and become more sustainable and resource efficient.

Interestingly, microbial control technologies have a role to play in that regard:

– In Water recycling: Microbial control technologies are important in areas with large water recycling facilities. Thanks to biocides, large quantities of water can be recycled, making efficient use of resources.

– In reducing construction waste: Thanks to microbial control, buildings last longer. Paints, adhesives and sealants, plastic and wood are de facto protected from the damaging effects of mold, mildew, fungi, algae and other organisms.