Local Initiatives for a National Agenda: Brazilian Cities are Creating a Climate for Change

By | 2018-06-01T18:57:56+00:00 June 1st 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE|Tags: , , , |

Brazil’s national climate agenda has set ambitious goals until 2030. But so far, the country lacks a strategy to include actors from all levels of governance into a cohesive approach. Nevertheless, many Brazilian cities are taking on the challenge to make a change. Laura Valente de Macedo analyses obstacles, drivers and possible perspectives.

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The Talanoa Dialogue: How Cities and Regions Can Deliver on the Promise of the Paris Agreement

By | 2018-05-02T11:03:31+00:00 April 27th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, PARTICIPATION, PEER-LEARNING & CO-PRODUCTION|Tags: , , , , , |

Why should urban, regional and national decision-makers alike pay attention to the Talanoa Dialogue? This process, which was initiated by the Fijian COP23 Presidency, presents an exciting opportunity to align the national and subnational spheres of climate action. Throughout 2018, URBANET will report on the issue in a new series of articles.

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Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By | 2018-05-29T16:47:30+00:00 April 25th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , |

Constructing a house is a rite of passage to adulthood in most peri-urban areas of Mozambique. While it is common for people to build their own homes using traditional techniques, it often reproduces vulnerability as most of these self-built houses are easily damaged even by low or medium magnitude weather events. How can resilient construction techniques prompt behaviour change in house construction and generate income?

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Interview: “We have started to become more resilient” – Ronaldo Golez, Mayor of Dumangas, Philippines

By | 2018-04-24T09:41:07+00:00 April 24th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, URBAN AGRICULTURE|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The agricultural sector of the municipality of Dumangas in the Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We spoke to its mayor Ronaldo Golez about strategies to become more resilient and to empower local communities.

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Implementing a Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development in Urban Areas

By | 2018-04-17T11:05:33+00:00 April 17th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, URBAN NEXUS|Tags: , , , , , |

This April, the second Nexus Conference will focus on the links and trade-offs between water, energy, and food—the “nexus”—in urban areas. Cities are at the forefront of the climate challenge and the heart of the global economy, so they are critical to implementing an integrated approach to meeting the SDGs and building climate resilience.

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Interview: “Building resilience requires active public participation” – Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative

By | 2018-04-12T12:49:48+00:00 April 11th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, PUBLIC SPACES|Tags: , , , , , |

How can vulnerable groups and their needs be integrated into resilience building? URBANET talked to Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative, who strongly believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable urban development.

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Learning from a Frontrunner: German and U.S. Towns Partner on Climate Action

By | 2018-03-12T12:17:01+00:00 March 12th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, PARTICIPATION|Tags: , , , |

Saerbeck, Germany’s award-winning climate protection project serves as a model for many other towns. Ulrich Gunka shows how the municipality, working with its citizens, transformed a former army ammunition depot into a bioenergy park and how it shares their insights with other cities in the world.

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“In urban policy we need to get to where climate policy is today” (video)

By | 2018-02-22T10:43:39+00:00 February 22nd 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , |

The issue of urbanisation is gaining attention and cities are increasingly recognised as having a crucial role to play in achieving sustainable development. However, urban development has yet to become an integral part of the global political agenda. URBANET talked to Ani Dasgupta, Global Director of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, about what needs to change to make urban development a political priority.

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Cities for a better world (video)

By | 2018-02-06T00:11:17+00:00 February 5th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, STÄDTE ALS AKTEURE STÄRKEN, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , |

Cities are irrefutably linked to human history and development. To learn more about the relevance of cities for global sustainable development and for achieving a better world, URBANET provides you with a short explainer video by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Hotspot Cities

By | 2018-01-22T15:14:36+00:00 January 17th 2018|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In the UN Convention of Biological Diversity, 196 nations have agreed to put 17% of the earth’s surface under protection. Author Richard Weller calls for additional land to be protected in the world’s “hotspots”, where biodiversity is threatened by urban sprawl. In his text, he discusses why regional ecology is an issue for urban planning.

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After COP23, it is now up to local and national leaders to act on their promises

By | 2017-12-14T15:17:12+00:00 November 22nd 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

With COP23 now over, it is again up to nation states and local governments to act and implement their agreements. Wrapping up the reporting on the conference, Lou del Bello looks at coordinating climate action, and necessary changes in infrastructure and urban policy.

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Hurricane Irma and its impact on Haitian cities

By | 2017-11-16T14:29:34+00:00 November 16th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , |

With rising ocean water temperatures due to climate change, hurricanes are becoming stronger and last longer. This year, the Caribbean and parts of the US were hit by hurricane Irma, a particularly devastating storm. How can costal cities prepare for such disasters, and mitigate their effects? In an interview, Joseph Severe, Jean Frantz Jure and Nicolas Jean talk about the situation in Haiti.

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Towards sustainable cities: Implementing the NDCs and SDGs at the local level

By | 2017-11-20T16:48:54+00:00 November 15th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Cities and urban settlements play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitments of the Paris Agreement. Nathaly Arguto and Stella Schroeder cast a spotlight on projects from Latin America, the region with the highest rate of urbanisation in the world, that contribute to implementing the global agendas for sustainability.

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COP23 enters second week: island states stress urgency to act

By | 2017-11-14T15:11:17+00:00 November 14th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

COP23 continues into its second week: Rising ambition for climate protection is not enough, say mayors as cities, regions and business claim their place at the UN table. Being at the frontline of climate change impacts, island states call for urgent practical actions. Lou del Bello reports from Bonn.

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Sustainable cities – towards a low-carbon and resilient future

By | 2017-11-09T15:06:06+00:00 November 9th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What does a sustainable urban future look like? In a new video, municipal officials, urban experts and local residents from around the world talk about urban challenges, solutions for climate-friendly cities and future needs for low-carbon urban development.

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