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Spotlight on: Just Transition

Trading to Eat: How The Informal Economy is Hunger-Proofing Africa’s Cities

By |January 31st 2023|Categories: Decent Work, Economic Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , |

In many African cities, informal food traders sell everything from fresh produce to fried chicken feet at affordable prices to people who need the food most. Luke Metelerkamp is convinced: informal trading is hunger-proofing Africa's cities, arguably providing the continent's largest nutritional safety net.

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Can the Western Balkans’ Quadruple Energy Crisis Finally Unleash a Just Transition?

By |January 24th 2023|Categories: Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , , |

The Western Balkans have been steadily working towards decarbonisation, a critical step for the region which relies heavily on coal. However, the region has faced several crises in recent times. Pippa Gallop of CEE Bankwatch Network offers a timely analysis of the Western Balkans' long-term planning for a just transition, including the role of the European Union.

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Let the Sun Shine on Ukraine – How Solar Power Accelerates the Green Reconstruction of Cities

By |January 17th 2023|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , , |

Solar energy solutions need to be scaled up to address electricity shortages in both emergency and mid-term responses to the crisis in Ukraine. Vladlena Martsynkevych is convinced: Ukraine is ready for a better, greener future.

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Collective Action for Flood Resilience: How Blue-Green Infrastructure Leads to New Solutions in Kampala

By |January 10th 2023|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation|Tags: , , , |

Effective flood control can only be met with a holistic approach. Peter Mwambu and Simon Akena invite us to Kampala in Uganda and discuss lessons learned from integrating Blue-Green Infrastructure.

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Nature-Based Solutions in Quito: From Flooding Issues to a River of Positive Change

By |December 20th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience|Tags: , , , |

Quito bears the brunt of climate change, from 100-year storms to mudslides to heat waves – all part of the city’s ‘new normal.’ Urban journalist Mark Douglas Wessel explores how Ecuador’s capital is leveraging the power of Nature-based Solutions to cope with these challenges.

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Building with Nature in Urban Contexts – Chances and Challenges of Nature-based Solutions

By |December 15th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates|Tags: , , , |

With more than half of the global population living in urban areas, cities need new solutions to tackle climate-related challenges. Erik van Eekelen, Matthijs Bouw, Reinder Brolsma and Harro Wieringa on the approach of Building with Nature.

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Mainstreaming Nature-Based Solutions Towards Urban Climate Resilience – A Green Infrastructure Master Plan for Udon Thani in Thailand

By |December 13th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience|Tags: , , |

Mainstreaming green infrastructure could serve as a pathway to strengthen urban resilience to climate change. Ignacio Ortinez and Guillermo Mendoza on new approaches using nature-based solutions.

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Nature Will Guide You: Co-Creating Nature-Based Solutions in European Coastal Cities

By |December 8th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

Nature provides us with built-in solutions to some of the most pressing global issues. Laura Quadros Aniche and Rochelle Caruso discuss what Nature-Based Solutions involve and present an innovative project with partners in 12 different countries across Europe.

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Urban Forestry – How Innovative Approaches Can Help Reach the SDGs

By |December 6th 2022|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Health|Tags: , , , |

Urban Forestry can help meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – if its challenges are addressed the right way. Florencia Florido on a new report discussing inventive paths to implement Urban Forestry within European cities.

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