Make or break: How the city of tomorrow will shape our future

By | 2017-10-14T15:04:23+00:00 August 15th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Building cities able to accommodate half a billion people over the next 30 years is one of the biggest transformations of our planet and we have to get it right", Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General stated at the Langenburg Forum for Sustainability. Read the full speech here on URBANET

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

By | 2017-10-14T15:16:20+00:00 May 10th 2017|Categories: 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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City Climate Action: How challenges can turn into opportunities

By | 2017-10-14T15:17:13+00:00 May 3rd 2017|Categories: DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , |

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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“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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“Nowadays cities are more aware of the problem” – An interview with Jiao Tang and Luis Marinheiro from the ISWA

By | 2017-10-14T15:32:49+00:00 January 31st 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, ENERGY & WASTE|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In recent years there have been great advancements in solid waste management and people are becoming more and more aware of its importance. However especially in developing countries there is still a need for more sustainable solutions. We spoke to Jiao Tang and Luis Marinheiro about the current situation in waste management and what still needs to be done to make it more sustainable and innovative.

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

By | 2017-10-14T15:39:23+00:00 January 3rd 2017|Categories: 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 | 2017-10-14T15:42:06+00:00 December 9th 2016|Categories: 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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Integrated Resource Management in Asian cities: The Urban Nexus

By | 2017-10-14T16:05:18+00:00 October 11th 2016|Categories: GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, URBAN NEXUS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The "Urban Nexus" is a theoretical and technical approach to integrated urban development. It introduces innovative and environmentally-friendly engineering solutions to improve the physical infrastructure of cities, and also promotes people-centered development. Our authors Ruth Erlbeck and Ralph Trosse describe how a low-cost, climate change resilient pilot house was built in the Philippines as part of the Nexus project.

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