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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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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“Being a smart city means making smart decisions” – interview with Mario Arauz from the city of Guadalajara

By | 2018-03-28T11:12:56+00:00 March 28th 2018|Categories: SMART & DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , |

Known as a technology hub, Guadalajara is Mexico’s answer to Silicon Valley. No wonder then that the city is in the process of transforming itself into a smart city. URBANET talked to Mario Arauz, Director of Government Innovation and Intelligent Cities, about Guadalajara’s take on the smart city concept.

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Mitigation Through Innovation: Sustainable Water Supply in Windhoek

By | 2018-03-22T10:21:51+00:00 March 22nd 2018|Categories: URBAN NEXUS, WATER & SANITATION|Tags: , , , , |

Windhoek—the capital city of Namibia, the most arid country in Sub-Saharan Africa—has long met its severe water challenges through innovation. But its growing population is increasing its demand for water while climate change exacerbates scarce supplies. On the occation of World Water Day 2018, Pierre van Rensburg highlights the city's innovative augmentation strategies to keep the crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

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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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Creating a low-carbon and equitable future: Cities IPCC sets blueprint for urban transformation

By | 2018-03-09T13:16:31+00:00 March 9th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , |

At the end of three intensive days of Cities IPCC, scientists, policymakers and development experts set a global blueprint on how cities can be better places to live and meet the challenge of climate change. Stephen Leahy takes a look back and ahead.

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“Climate change and gender issues cannot be taken apart” – an interview with Laids Mias-Cea from UN-Habitat (video)

By | 2018-03-08T13:36:01+00:00 March 7th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, Inclusion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

What are the linkages between climate change and gender? Why are women and youth particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change? And how can we create an enabling environment that allows women and youth to participate in climate decision making? URBANET talked to Maria Adelaida “Laids” Mias-Cea, Regional Coordinator of UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI). Check out her video on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day.

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Cities and scientists join forces in the fight against climate change

By | 2018-03-09T13:14:42+00:00 March 5th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , |

More than 700 climate scientists and city planners have gathered in Edmonton this Monday for the CitiesIPCC—Cities and Climate Change Science Conference. The three-day gathering marks the first time cities rather than nation states are offered a seat at the table of the U.N.'s top scientific authority on global warming. At day one, data collection and analysis for effective emissions reduction and their potential for social inclusion has been the main focus, writes Stephen Leahy.

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A Better Climate for Cities: CitiesIPCC Aims to Launch a New Research Agenda

By | 2018-03-01T11:39:51+00:00 February 28th 2018|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, HOUSING & INFORMALITY, Inclusion, NATIONAL URBAN POLICIES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At next week’s CitiesIPCC conference, the urban and climate communities will brave the cold of Edmonton, Canada, to discuss some of the century’s hottest issues. From March 5-7, more than 700 delegates will seek to close a significant gap in our collective understanding of the role of cities in adapting and responding to climate change, and launch a global research agenda to inform the IPCC. Julie Greenwalt explains how the organising partner Cities Alliance is working to ensure that issues critical to the Global South will be emphasised at this landmark event.

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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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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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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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