Rwanda has some of the most ambitious climate goals in Africa and its urban leaders are planning and implementing tangible actions to get there. These will increase city dwellers’ quality of life and protect the environment.
Climate Change & Resilience
Climate Resilient Recovery Action in Bangladesh: A Case of Water ATM and Sanitation Service in Rajshahi
Dipak Bhowmick, Kumar Abhishek, and Keshav Jha present an innovative approach to improve access to clean drinking water and sanitation for Bangladesh's urban poor.
With disasters forcing people to move, how can host cities ensure adequate living conditions for displaced communities? Saut Sagala, Danang Azhari, and Medhiansyah Putra make a case for Urban Living Labs.
Cities in Bangladesh are turning into “heated islands”. Due to the lack of long-term urban development measures, there is a big demand for immediate, affordable, and yet effective approaches to improve the living and environmental health conditions in poor settlements. A project proposal by Maniruzzaman Miah of ANANDO.
Female indigenous residents of informal settlements in coastal Bangladesh are especially vulnerable to risks induced by climate change. Digital mapping ensures that they are adequately considered in the development of urban climate resilience plans.
The COVID-19 pandemic has ripped through the interconnected structures of cities, leaving urban systems vulnerable and further deepening inequities. Time for collaborative strategies and actions! Dr Nazmul Huq (ICLEI) and Dana Omran (Resilient Cities Network) with the most important lessons from ReCAP21.
Resilience can be learned, and what better place to do so than in schools? Jorge Ruiz and Mayté González from Wetlands International LAC present a tool kit for resilience education they developed together with teachers in Guatemala.
How Cities Understand the Fight Against Climate Change – An Assessment through Local Climate Change Plans
Despite the importance of adapting to climate change, not many cities have a plan to tackle it. From those that do, not all contemplate climate adaptation, which is essential given the irreversible damages that climate change will bring. Cristina Bernal Aparicio takes a look at eleven local climate adaptation plans to assess if cities are ready for the climate challenges to come.
City region food systems are affected by diverse shocks such as a pandemic. It is therefore essential that cities develop respective resilience strategies, argue Isabella Trapani, Guido Santini, and Roman Malec from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Country-wide sustainable solutions can be assured only if regional connectivity and urban-rural linkages that support livelihoods in rural communities, towns, and smaller cities are considered alongside urban and regional growth strategies. Vassiliki Kravva and Ben Smith present an example from the UK-funded Sustainable Urban Economic Programme (SUED) in Kenya.
Nepal belongs to one of the least urbanised regions in the world, while also being one of the fastest-growing countries. This poses tremendous challenges for its sustainable future. By Ripin Kalra
Accompanying the launch of the GIZ Cities CHALLENGE interactive ePaper, Andrea Renger, David Stoffel, and Anastasiya Shadkhina present key facts from the ideas competition and emphases cities' critical role in advancing global agendas.
Transitioning to holistic economic systems that support the 1.5 °C target is key for cities. The Circular Turku Roadmap is an excellent example of radical institutional support in favour of circular production and consumption systems. By Marion Guénard from ICLEI
Davephine Tholley on how planting trees in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown contributes to the country’s environmental sustainability and socio-economic development.