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Circular Economies as an Answer to the Waste Crisis: Lessons Learnt

By |April 21st 2020|Categories: energy & waste, green & smart development|Tags: , , , |

The world’s cities have a critical role to play in supporting global sustainability efforts and tackling climate change. Effective waste management lies at the very core of these ambitions, says Donovan Storey from the Global Green Growth Institute.

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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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Circular Economies – Benefits for an Urban Setting

By |April 9th 2020|Categories: energy & waste, water & sanitation|Tags: , , , , , |

The waste produced by cities does not need to be dumped – but instead can become the starting point of a new production cycle, argues Nick Jeffries from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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Cooperatively Recovering Water as an Urban Common

By |April 7th 2020|Categories: global urban debates, urban & metropolitan governance, water & sanitation|Tags: , , |

Water as a common resource that no one should derive profit from – an idea that stands in crass contrast to privatising urban water management. Kostas Nikolaou, professor and activist with the Greek water movement K136, portrays their successful fight against privatisation.

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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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In the Face of an Urban Climate Emergency, Collaborate!

By |March 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.

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Relaxation, Happiness, Health – Why We Need Urban Ecosystems

By |March 26th 2020|Categories: green & smart development|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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