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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A City of Life: Medellín’s Plan to Protect and Promote Urban Biodiversity

By |2018-05-29T14:21:22+00:00May 16th 2018|disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, Tags: , , , |

Three years ago, the city of Medellín adopted a novel approach to manage and conserve biodiversity, launching Colombia’s first local action plan on urban biodiversity: “Medellín, a city of life.” Maria Mejia and Juliana Echeverri argue that this effort should inspire other cities to explore new methods and concepts that link biodiversity to human well-being, resilience, and economic development.

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Hurricane Irma and its impact on Haitian cities

By |2018-08-02T12:28:35+00:00November 16th 2017|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , , |

With rising ocean water temperatures due to climate change, hurricanes are becoming stronger and last longer. This year, the Caribbean and parts of the US were hit by hurricane Irma, a particularly devastating storm. How can costal cities prepare for such disasters, and mitigate their effects? In an interview, Joseph Severe, Jean Frantz Jure and Nicolas Jean talk about the situation in Haiti.

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Can a city become resilient? If so, to what and how?

By |2017-10-25T21:57:58+00:00May 10th 2017|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, Tags: , , , |

In the process of developing an urban resilience strategy – one that answers these questions, one that addresses the concerns of planners, developers, mayors, local government personnel, investors and concerned citizens – inevitably more questions arise. The most important one is arguably the question of 'resilience to what and why?' This was also discussed during the recent Resilient Cities Conference 2017 in Bonn.

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“Local governments are better equipped” – An interview with John Bongat, mayor of Naga City

By |2017-10-25T22:00:46+00:00January 3rd 2017|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , |

John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone cities in the world. URBANET talked to him about how he attempts to make Naga City more livable.

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Mozambique: Rehabilitation of the Chiveve River is improving the quality of life of Beira’s residents

By |2017-10-25T22:00:59+00:00December 9th 2016|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This second part describes how the coastal city of Beira in Mozambique mitigates floods and other climate change-related natural disasters, which usually effect the poorest communities the most severely. By rehabilitating the Chiveve River, the situation has improved significantly.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part IV: Building livable cities

By |2017-10-25T22:01:20+00:00December 1st 2016|basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, inclusion, Tags: , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this fourth part, she explains what is concretely being done against the factors that threaten the livability of India's cities and concludes by saying that there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way planners and policy-makers approach urban development.

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