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

By | 2017-10-25T21:57:58+00:00 May 10th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|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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“People need to own public space” – Interview with Ebru Gencer from the Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

By | 2017-10-14T15:25:17+00:00 March 14th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, PUBLIC SPACES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Urban populations face risks, not only in regard to natural disasters and climate change, but also in terms of social problems such as unsafe public spaces. In an interview with URBANET, Ebru Gencer from CUDRR+R explains how cities and local governments can make cities more resilient and manage risks effectively.

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Investing in Asia’s Urban Future

By | 2017-10-14T15:34:46+00:00 January 23rd 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, WATER & SANITATION|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Asia is one of the regions of the world that is experiencing extremely rapid urbanisation. The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) has recently launched a photobook in which case studies of four cities in Asia illustrate innovative ways to tackle issues in key sectors such as flood and drainage management, water supply, transport and waste management.

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“Soon 20 percent of the land of Southern Bangladesh may be gone forever” – An interview with ANM Safiqul Alam, MD of Geomark

By | 2017-10-25T22:00:34+00:00 January 17th 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bangladeshi cities do not only have to face difficult climate conditions, but also increasing waves of urban migration and the problems associated with that. URBANET spoke to ANM Safiqul Alam, managing director of the software and planning company Geomark, about how Bangladesh is facing these challenges and why he is hopeful for the future of the country.

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“Local governments are better equipped” – An interview with John Bongat, mayor of Naga City

By | 2017-10-25T22:00:46+00:00 January 3rd 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , |

John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone cities in the world. URBANET talked to him about how he attempts to make Naga City more livable.

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Mozambique: Rehabilitation of the Chiveve River is improving the quality of life of Beira’s residents

By | 2017-10-25T22:00:59+00:00 December 9th 2016|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This second part describes how the coastal city of Beira in Mozambique mitigates floods and other climate change-related natural disasters, which usually effect the poorest communities the most severely. By rehabilitating the Chiveve River, the situation has improved significantly.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part IV: Building livable cities

By | 2017-10-25T22:01:20+00:00 December 1st 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this fourth part, she explains what is concretely being done against the factors that threaten the livability of India's cities and concludes by saying that there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way planners and policy-makers approach urban development.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part I: India’s Urban Transformation

By | 2017-10-14T15:44:39+00:00 November 22nd 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this first part, she outlines the shift in urban growth in India and measures that are being taken in response to it.

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