“Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums”

By |2018-12-13T10:10:37+00:00December 13th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , , , |

At COP24, India-based Sheela Patel from SPARC talked to Lou del Bello about how climate change affects people in informal settlements the most – and about strategies to address their special needs.

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From Ambition to Reality: Why COP24 Needs to Acknowledge the Crucial Role of Local Governments

By |2018-12-03T10:46:42+00:00December 3rd 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, Tags: , , , , |

COP 24 is the place to further enhance the much-needed dialogue and collaboration between local and national governance with regards to their climate change policies, says Lou del Bello.

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The Need for Radical Transformation: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Cape Town, South Africa

By |2018-11-27T10:29:11+00:00November 27th 2018|climate change & resilience, Tags: , , , , , , |

It can no longer be denied that climate change has severe effects on our daily lives. As a response, the City of Cape Town has developed a policy that acknowledges climate change impacts as a pressing social and economic issue.

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San Francisco Climate Summit Not Global Enough for Developing World Leaders

By |2018-09-18T08:56:03+00:00September 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , |

For three days San Francisco became a climate change hub, filled with conferences and workshops. Still the Global Climate Action Summit turned out to be focused on the cities of the Global North.

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Climate Dance in San Francisco

By |2018-09-18T08:56:39+00:00September 11th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, Tags: , , |

This month, representatives of subnational governments are getting together at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. They are hoping to push national governments to adopt more ambitious climate targets.

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Liveable Cities Need Sustainable Solutions

By |2018-09-13T09:37:42+00:00September 4th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, green & smart development, Tags: , |

Climate change poses new and specific challenges to the way we think about building. Christine Lemaitre from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) calls out to architects, planners, and builders to respond to this challenge instead of waiting for the entailing problems to solve themselves.

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Collaboration for Climate Change Adaptation in Cities: Some Observations from Nepal

By |2018-07-26T14:58:20+00:00July 26th 2018|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, Tags: , , , , |

In the fourth part of our series on the Talanoa Dialogues, Kirti Kusum Joshi talks about the need for dialogue between federal, provincial, and local governments in order to reduce Nepal's vulnerability to climate change.

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How to Reduce Nigeria’s Urban Carbon Footprint

By |2018-08-24T09:15:42+00:00July 24th 2018|climate change & resilience, energy & waste, green & smart development, national urban policies, Tags: , , , , |

By increasing the share of renewables in Nigeria’s energy production, a growing urban population will be able to attain energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions will go down, says author Ifeoma Malo from Power for All.

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Why the Way We Work Together Will Determine Our Future

By |2018-07-12T15:32:59+00:00June 26th 2018|climate change & resilience, governance & finance, Tags: , , , |

In the third part of our series on the Talanoa Dialogues, Steven Bland from UN-Habitat blogs on the importance of effective multi-level governance for climate change action, and the steps UN-Habitat is taking to promote it.

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Local Initiatives for a National Agenda: Brazilian Cities are Creating a Climate for Change

By |2018-07-12T15:33:08+00:00June 1st 2018|climate change & resilience, Tags: , , , |

Brazil’s national climate agenda has set ambitious goals until 2030. But so far, the country lacks a strategy to include actors from all levels of governance into a cohesive approach. Nevertheless, many Brazilian cities are taking on the challenge to make a change. Laura Valente de Macedo analyses obstacles, drivers and possible perspectives.

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The Talanoa Dialogue: How Cities and Regions Can Deliver on the Promise of the Paris Agreement

By |2018-05-02T11:03:31+00:00April 27th 2018|climate change & resilience, participation, peer learning & co production, Tags: , , , |

Why should urban, regional and national decision-makers alike pay attention to the Talanoa Dialogue? This process, which was initiated by the Fijian COP23 Presidency, presents an exciting opportunity to align the national and subnational spheres of climate action. Throughout 2018, URBANET will report on the issue in a new series of articles.

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Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By |2018-05-29T16:47:30+00:00April 25th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, Tags: , , , , , |

Constructing a house is a rite of passage to adulthood in most peri-urban areas of Mozambique. While it is common for people to build their own homes using traditional techniques, it often reproduces vulnerability as most of these self-built houses are easily damaged even by low or medium magnitude weather events. How can resilient construction techniques prompt behaviour change in house construction and generate income?

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Interview: “We have started to become more resilient” – Ronaldo Golez, Mayor of Dumangas, Philippines

By |2018-04-24T09:41:07+00:00April 24th 2018|climate change & resilience, urban agriculture, Tags: , , , , , , |

The agricultural sector of the municipality of Dumangas in the Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We spoke to its mayor Ronaldo Golez about strategies to become more resilient and to empower local communities.

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Implementing a Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development in Urban Areas

By |2018-04-17T11:05:33+00:00April 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, urban nexus, Tags: , , , , , |

This April, the second Nexus Conference will focus on the links and trade-offs between water, energy, and food—the “nexus”—in urban areas. Cities are at the forefront of the climate challenge and the heart of the global economy, so they are critical to implementing an integrated approach to meeting the SDGs and building climate resilience.

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Interview: “Building resilience requires active public participation” – Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative

By |2018-04-12T12:49:48+00:00April 11th 2018|climate change & resilience, public spaces, Tags: , , , , , |

How can vulnerable groups and their needs be integrated into resilience building? URBANET talked to Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative, who strongly believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable urban development.

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