Climate Change & Resilience

Urban Micro-Lungs: Mini-Forests for Climate, Biodiversity & Wellbeing

By |2020-12-22T09:50:51+01:00December 22nd 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

Cities have become the main culprit behind environmental degradation. Yet, what if urbanisation was a restorative act of the land, no longer synonymous with ecosystem destruction? Deema Assaf highlights how mini-forests have taken root in urban areas, with the potential of rejuvenating local ecology at an unprecedented speed.

Innovation Through Inclusion – Partnerships for a New Climate Reality

By |2020-12-08T09:06:23+01:00December 8th 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

To successfully battle climate change, urban governance needs to empower vulnerable communities – and make sure to include their ideas and knowledge into urban planning mechanisms.

Linking to Your Local Producer: Urban Innovation in Mexico

By |2020-12-03T09:13:27+01:00December 3rd 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Decent Work|Tags: , , , |

Mexican cities feature an array of innovative market formats, redefining producer-consumer relationships while creating interactive, public spaces at the same time. Jorge Javier and Dr Cecilia Tortajada on the reinvention of old institutions.

Green Recovery in Cities: From Instant Reaction to a Sustainable Future

By |2020-10-21T14:11:01+02:00October 20th 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Municipal & Climate Finance|Tags: , , , |

All over the world, cities are grappling with the pandemic's social and economic impacts. Carmen Vogt, Philip Koch, and Lukas Prinz present some inspiring examples from Latin America that showcase how cities can build back better.

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

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

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.

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

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

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).

City-Wide Mapping for Disaster Management

By |2021-02-22T12:40:04+01:00August 13th 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships|Tags: , , , |

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.

National Climate Action: Why Cities Matter

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

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".

Resilient Cities are Green Cities

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

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.

Resilience After Covid19 – A System-Thinking Approach

By |2021-11-04T10:39:26+01:00June 18th 2020|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, Urban Health|Tags: , , , , , |

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.

Landscape Porosity: Why we need Water-Based Urbanism

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

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.

In the Face of an Urban Climate Emergency, Collaborate!

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

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.

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

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

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.

Addressing Climate Change Vulnerability of Coastal Cities Through Mangrove Forests

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

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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