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

By |2020-01-21T09:06:25+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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COP 25 – What Impact on Cities and Regions?

By |2019-12-18T11:20:43+01:00December 17th 2019|climate change & resilience, municipal & climate finance, , |

Delegates at COP25 in Madrid reached an agreement, without the robust language and ambitions that were wished to be seen in the approved texts. This leaves subnational and urban leaders responsible for implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), making local climate activities the messengers of hope.

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COP25 – A Chance To Discover Cities’ Potential

By |2019-12-02T13:25:14+01:00December 2nd 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, municipal & climate finance, urban & metropolitan governance, , |

The climate summit in Madrid represents a unique opportunity for urban communities to take inspiration from each other, to build cities that are better prepared to tackle climate change, and to obtain investments. National delegates will need to increasingly confide in local authorities and provide them with more resources if they want to develop prompt and effective responses to the climate crisis.

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The Case for Gender Approaches to Urban Resilience – Experience from Coyuca, Mexico

By |2019-11-21T12:08:57+01:00November 21st 2019|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , |

A commitment to applying a ‘gender perspective’ to climate-smart planning in Coyuca, Mexico, brought to light some uncomfortable truths about bias against women. As a result, local government, researchers, and community members are more aware of how women’s and girls’ wellbeing must be addressed through climate resilience programmes.

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Beyond Urban: City-Region Food Systems for Resilient and Sustainable Development

By |2019-10-21T09:48:16+02:00October 17th 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , |

A large share of the world's population lives in urban areas, making cities a major cause of climate change. Food is especially relevant in this regard, calling for strategies that make food systems contribute to urban resilience. How this may look like can be seen when looking at the City Regions Food System presented by Michela Carucci, Roman Malec, and Guido Santini.

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Urban Rural Partnership: A Win-Win Solution Towards Resilient Growth

By |2019-10-15T13:09:33+02:00October 15th 2019|climate change & resilience, smart & digital development, urban & metropolitan governance, , |

Strengthening urban rural connections is essential for building resilient infrastructure, claims Rajib Shaw. However, as examples from Japan show, implementation is often hindered by administrative issues, calling for innovations in governance and communications to make urban rural partnerships a reality.

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Does Cultural Heritage Make More Resilient Cities?

By |2019-10-10T10:42:09+02:00October 10th 2019|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

When disasters hit, cultural heritage is often perceived as something passive, something hit by destruction. Conservation architect and risk management expert Rohit Jigyasu argues for a different perception: one that acknowledges the decisive role urban cultural heritage can play both in the prevention and in the outcome of natural disaster, making it an active component of urban resilience.

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Smart Cities and Slum Resilience

By |2019-10-08T10:09:20+02:00October 8th 2019|climate change & resilience, smart & digital development, , , , , |

The concept of smart cities brings with it both risks and opportunities for informal settlements. Through technical innovation, they do have the potential of making slums more resilient, argues Laurinda Godjo – if they are not only smart cities but also inclusive cities.

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Empowering Communities to Build Resilience: Quito, Ecuador

By |2019-10-01T09:24:27+02:00October 1st 2019|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

Quito, Ecuador is facing a variety of natural hazards, making it imperative to develop proper resilience strategies. David Jácome Polit, the city's Chief Resilience Officer, explains why any such strategy has to be based on a neighbourhood's social structure.

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Localizing Global Agendas

By |2019-09-25T11:13:51+02:00September 25th 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , , , , |

The 2019 SDG Summit will mark the first quadrennial review of the 2030 Agenda. It assesses where we are, how far we have come since its adoption – and what needs to be done, as we enter the next decade, to achieve the ambitious global goals to leave no one and no place behind.

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Why Cities Climate Finance Matters

By |2019-09-23T09:43:03+02:00September 23rd 2019|climate change & resilience, multi stakeholder partnerships, , , , , , |

At the Climate Action Summit, it is widely acknowledged that cities are key in addressing climate change. Yet, sufficient funding for necessary measures is often hard to come by. Barbara Buchner presents some new and promising approaches of mobilising finance for building resilient urban infrastructure.

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UN-Habitat Working with Partners and City Leaders on Climate Action

By |2019-09-23T08:46:42+02:00September 19th 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , |

With the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit up ahead next week, UN-Habitat's Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif explains why ambitious climate action depends on cities and presents four new initiatives, which will be launched at the Summit.

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How Vietnam Can Ensure Economic Growth and Create Green Cities

By |2019-09-12T10:21:42+02:00September 12th 2019|climate change & resilience, energy & waste, smart & digital development, , , , , , , , |

How can Vietnamese cities avoid the environmental pitfalls of rapid urbanisation? Adam Ward proposes solution-driven policies for key areas.

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