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UrbanByNature: The Global Programme for Urban Nature Pioneers

By |April 15th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , |

In times of rapid urbanisation, increasing population, resource depletion, degradation of ecosystems, growing pressures on urban land use and climate change, nature-based solutions (NBS) provide opportunities for both society and nature. The UrbanByNature programme supports cities and practitioners in applying NBS that are cost-effective and mutually beneficial.

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Why Care About Trees in Cities?

By |April 2nd 2020|Categories: Green & Smart Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , |

Forests provide tremendous benefits to urban areas such as clean air and water, climate resilience and biodiversity, human health and well-being. They also provide jobs, recreation, and a suite of nature-based solutions for city infrastructure, argues the international alliance Cities4Forests.

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Relaxation, Happiness, Health – Why We Need Urban Ecosystems

By |March 26th 2020|Categories: Green & Smart Development, Urban Health|Tags: , |

The importance of green spaces is increasingly acknowledged as an important aspect in urban development. Davide Geneletti calls on urban planners to properly understand the relationships between ecosystems and residents to make the most efficient use of the services ecosystems provide to cities and their residents.

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Wellbeing in the Time of Cities: The Sweet City Vision

By |March 24th 2020|Categories: Green & Smart Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , |

Curridabat, Costa Rica, is dealing with several issues that are common to municipalities around the world. The answer they found, however, is a truly unique one that considers everyone living in Curridabat a city dweller – human or not.

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Phnom Penh: Urban Development Towards a Green City

By |March 19th 2020|Categories: Green & Smart Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

Research evidences that intact ecosystems within cities considerably improve the quality of citizens' lives. The Cambodian-German project Build4People aims to include urban ecosystems into the long-term urban planning strategies of Cambodian cities. Jan-Peter Mund, Ravi Jayaweera, Hor Sanara, and Michael Waibel present the ambitious project.

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Addressing Climate Change Vulnerability of Coastal Cities Through Mangrove Forests

By |March 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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