Climate Change & Resilience

Building Resilience from the Ground Up: Indonesia’s Coastal Cities

By |2020-09-15T10:19:18+02:00September 15th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, , , |

As one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change and sea level rise, Indonesia’s archipelago may be a wellspring of solutions for the future of coastal cities in the region. It has to start from the ground up argues Barry Beagen, Programme Director at Kota Kita Foundation.

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Municipal Financing: The Key to Climate-Neutral Cities (video)

By |2020-08-27T09:55:57+02:00August 27th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Decentralisation, Municipal & Climate Finance, , , |

To learn more about the three levels of action required to improve municipal finance and ultimately build climate-neutral cities, take a look at this short explanatory film by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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City-Wide Mapping for Disaster Management

By |2020-08-13T11:26:16+02:00August 13th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , , |

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. But can maps help in coping with natural disasters? Harry Mahardhika Machmud from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia shows why spatial data is key for disaster management, and how it can be tailored to the needs of local communities.

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National Climate Action: Why Cities Matter

By |2020-07-09T13:26:55+02:00July 9th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , |

Cities around the world want to ensure the placements of urban content in national climate actions. Responding to this demand, UN-Habitat presents their new guide "Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) through urban climate action".

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Resilient Cities are Green Cities

By |2020-07-02T11:15:52+02:00July 2nd 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Urban Health, , , |

COVID-19 has strengthened our understanding of the vital relationship between healthy environments and the need for sustainable infrastructure. Donovan Storey from the Global Green Growth Institute reminds us that it is precisely in times of crises that we should commit to more holistic and ambitious green transformations.

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Resilience After Covid19 – A System-Thinking Approach

By |2020-06-22T12:37:21+02:00June 18th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health, , , , , , |

Resilience needs to be a priority in shaping the post-pandemic future, argues David Jácome-Pólit, outlining the advantages of system-thinking in urban planning.

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Landscape Porosity: Why we need Water-Based Urbanism

By |2020-05-14T08:53:35+02:00April 28th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Creating urban spaces that allow for the free flow and penetration of water and wind is essential to the survival of water-based cities like Bangkok. “Landscape porosity” can help us better understand and defend these urban ecosystems in times of climate change, says Kotchakorn Voraakhom.

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In the Face of an Urban Climate Emergency, Collaborate!

By |2020-03-31T07:57:17+02:00March 31st 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, Governance & Finance, , |

If urbanisation drives climate change, then mitigating the dangerous effects of global warming must address how we plan, build, and live in cities. Implementing bold national plans requires active cross-sector coordination and collaboration between the local, regional, and national governments.

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A Green Sponge in the City – Nature-Based Solutions Benefitting Urban Planning

By |2020-03-17T09:26:55+01:00March 17th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , |

With cities continuously more threatened by climate change induced disasters, urban planning's reflex response is to protect cities against nature. But what if the solution lies in working with nature instead against it? Architect Kongjiang Yu invites our readers to imagine what cities could look like if they took into account ancient wisdom on spatial planning.

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Addressing Climate Change Vulnerability of Coastal Cities Through Mangrove Forests

By |2020-04-28T11:43:39+02:00March 12th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , |

Around the world, coastal cities are threatened by storms, rising sea levels, and other climate change related hazards. With conventional approaches often both costly and ineffective, nature-based solutions are offering valuable alternatives. One example are the community-based methods developed by the NGO Mangrove Action Project.

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Visiting and Recognising San Pablo, Ecuador

By |2020-03-09T09:29:04+01:00March 5th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, , , , |

Narrated from a community leader's viewpoint, we take a look at the neighbourhood of San Pablo, Ecuador, where the project "Guardians of the Hill" conserves urban ecosystems while at the same time empowering female community members.

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How Can Nature-Based Solutions Help Build Resilience of the Urban Poor?

By |2020-03-03T09:31:06+01:00March 3rd 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

Working with nature within and around cities can protect vulnerable urban residents from climate change impacts and disasters, improve their quality of life, and reduce the impacts of cities on other valuable systems, argues Dr Hannah Reid.

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Informality and Climate Resilience – The Story of Onyika Settlement, Windhoek, Namibia

By |2020-03-18T08:32:10+01:00January 21st 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality, , , , |

In Namibia, the major share of urban growth is informal, with an estimated 30-40 per cent of the population living in informal settlements, with trends projecting shacks to become the predominant form of housing by 2025. Being especially vulnerable to climate change, these forms of settlements require special attention in the development of climate resilience strategies.

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Climate Change: What Happens to People Living in Informal Settlements?

By |2020-01-16T09:37:58+01:00January 16th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

At COP25, the Desk Officer for Sustainable Urban Development at MISEREOR, Clara-Luisa Weichelt, talked to Emanuela Barbiroglio about the challenges of addressing climate change in informal settlements and human-rights based solutions.

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A Spark of Hope: Making Nairobi’s Slums Fire Resilient

By |2020-01-09T13:11:05+01:00January 9th 2020|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Housing & Informality, , , , |

High density and poor building materials make informal settlements extremely prone to fire hazards. The Nairobi-based enterprise Kwangu Kwako has developed a housing model that, while being truly affordable, increases fire resilience and thus positively affects many aspects of residents' lives.

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