GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT 2017-10-26T17:56:47+00:00

A City of Life: Medellín’s Plan to Protect and Promote Urban Biodiversity

By | May 16th 2018|Categories: DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , |

Three years ago, the city of Medellín adopted a novel approach to manage and conserve biodiversity, launching Colombia’s first local action plan on urban biodiversity: “Medellín, a city of life.” Maria Mejia and Juliana Echeverri argue that this effort should inspire other cities to explore new methods and concepts that link biodiversity to human well-being, resilience, and economic development.

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Zimnina Making: The Urban Nexus of Food, Water, and Energy in the City of Sofia

By | April 19th 2018|Categories: ENERGY & WASTE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, URBAN AGRICULTURE, URBAN NEXUS|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia, many people prepare pickled vegetables (zimnina) for the winter months. This widespread practice touches on basic service issues like water and energy supply, as well as food provisioning for the city’s most vulnerable residents, explains Ralitsa Hiteva from the Resnexus project.

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Implementing a Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development in Urban Areas

By | 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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Hotspot Cities

By | 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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Why it is worth considering consumer trends among the new middle classes

By | December 7th 2017|Categories: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , |

With middle classes growing in middle-income countries, the challenge arises how to reconcile increasing consumption with finite resources. Can consumer behaviour be channelled in a way that makes it sustainable? Babette Never reports from a workshop that has explored this question.

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Making Africa’s green cities core of the low carbon and climate resilient future

By | November 22nd 2017|Categories: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , |

How Africa as a continent makes cities work for all while realising a low carbon and climate resilient economy, will determine the success of the Paris Agreement, says Sadiq Okoh. In his article, he outlines possible paths to green development.

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