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Growing food in the city: Low-income farmers in the ‘Global North’ versus the ‘Global South’

By | May 17th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|

Urban agriculture is practised around the globe. Who practises urban agriculture, why they engage in it and what barriers they face are often similar across the seemingly disparate divides of the ‘Global North’ and the ‘Global South’. Cross-site learning for the development of possible policy responses may therefore be fruitful. Food security will also be one of the issues discussed at the Dresden Nexus Conference in Germany this week.

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Can a city become resilient? If so, to what and how?

By | May 10th 2017|Categories: Resilient Cities|Tags: , , , , |

In the process of developing an urban resilience strategy – one that answers these questions, one that addresses the concerns of planners, developers, mayors, local government personnel, investors and concerned citizens – inevitably more questions arise. The most important one is arguably the question of 'resilience to what and why?' This was also discussed during the recent Resilient Cities Conference 2017 in Bonn.

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City Climate Action: How challenges can turn into opportunities

By | May 3rd 2017|Categories: Resilient Cities, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|

In these days, climate and Bonn are thought together. As a matter of fact, adaptation to climate change, building resilience and dealing with loss and damages will challenge the world just as much as the necessity of mitigating global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius or less. Bonn is a hotspot for the joint efforts to get there. Already this 8 May, the Bonn Climate Talks will bring parties, observers and stakeholders together in the city at the Rhine.

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“I think the Smart Cities are on the right track” – An interview with GP Hari, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.

By | April 28th 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , , |

The city of Kochi in India is a Smart City, meaning that it is well connected and accessible, and over time is being developed into a clean, green and healthy city that is governed in a smart way. In an interview with URBANET, GP Hari from Kochi Metro Rail Ltd talks about how the city is tackling the Smart City approach and what the future might bring.

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“In terms of speed, there is no one-size-fits-all solution” – Interview with Carlos Pardo from Despacio

By | April 25th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In his interview with URBANET, Carlos Pardo talks about urban roads shared equally by cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, that we can save money by slowing down traffic and how we can convince people to act more environmentally friendly.

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Where there’s a will there’s a way: Vertical Partnerships for a Sustainable Future

By | April 21st 2017|Categories: STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , |

The international community has come a long way when it comes to sustainable development. The next step is to continue the partnerships that helped create these frameworks and bring them down to the level of implementation.

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Mozambique’s Stand-by Generation

By | April 13th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, ENABLING CONDITIONS|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In the International Development world, “youth” constitutes a critical variable to look at in any given country. Policy makers believe that more educated generations with better health and economic conditions than their parents are the absolute precondition for achieving long-term economic and social development. They are also aware that a frustrated youth is a serious threat to political stability and economic growth.

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Living by borrowing food in Mozambican cities

By | April 10th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY|Tags: , , , , , |

Food security touches many different issues, among them poverty, hunger, price levels, and land and food policy. For URBANET, Inês M. Raimundo describes the situation in the Mozambican cities of Maputo and Matola, where the urban poor have resorted to food borrowing to survive.

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