The TUMI Observatory on COVID19

By |2020-05-07T12:09:42+02:00May 7th 2020|global urban debates, urban mobility, , , , , , |

In cities around the world, many people come together daily to use public transport – a risky endeavor in times of a pandemic. The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative TUMI takes a look at protective measures of urban public transport systems around the world.

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Why Care About Trees in Cities?

By |2020-04-02T08:20:10+02:00April 2nd 2020|green & smart development, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

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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Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas: A Status Update from the South

By |2020-01-15T13:21:31+01:00January 14th 2020|housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Brazil's strategies towards its favelas have varied enormously over time. If they are to be successful in improving people's lives, it is essential that informal settlements are perceived as an integral part of a city, argue Mariana Dias Simpson and Itamar Silva.

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PPP for Energy Efficiency in Favelas: A Success Story from Brazil

By |2019-07-18T09:30:43+02:00July 18th 2019|energy & waste, , , , |

Access to energy is considered a key factor in development and progress. Especially in informal settlements, provision of energy can be challenging. Alessandro Galimberti outlines how Public Private Partnerships that include local CSOs have been key to solving this problem in many of Brazil's favelas.

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Building Rights and Municipal Finance – The Experience of São Paulo, Brazil

By |2019-06-06T12:01:47+02:00June 6th 2019|municipal & climate finance, , , , , |

Revenue from building rights, or land value capture, plays an important role for municipal finance. Martim O. Smolka and Camila Maleronka report on the specific challenges and achievements in the city of São Paulo.

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Sao Paulo’s Strategy for Organic Waste Management

By |2019-04-11T10:07:39+02:00April 11th 2019|energy & waste, , , , , |

In Brazil, Latin America’s largest country in terms of population, the City of Sao Paulo is committed to recycle organics. In 2015, the City embarked on a journey towards separate collection of organics, thus enabling the production of high-quality compost.

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Using Forests for Water Treatment: An Example from Rio de Janeiro

By |2019-03-21T10:01:21+01:00March 21st 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, , , , |

Ecosystem loss and degradation contributes to water insecurity worldwide – natural infrastructure strategies that protect and restore natural systems aim to halt and reverse this trend. Suzanne Ozment and Rafael Feltran-Barbieri discuss how water utilities can profit from restoring ecosystems.

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Shortcomings of Brazil’s Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme

By |2020-04-08T15:36:57+02:00September 27th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

Brazil's social housing programme Minha Casa, Minha Vida prides itself on having delivered an enormous amount of affordable housing. But putting a roof over people's heads is not sufficient if the settlements are located on the far outskirts of a city, depriving residents of access to urban resources, claims Clarisse Cunha Linke.

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6 Features That Make Brazil’s Affordable Housing Programme Good for People and the Environment

By |2018-09-26T12:28:21+02:00September 26th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, global urban debates, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

“Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (My House, My Life) is Brazil’s largest affordable housing project to this day. Priscila Pacheco describes the buildings’ sustainability features that benefit the residents and the environment.

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Infographics: Urban Development in Brazil

By |2020-04-08T15:31:21+02:00September 13th 2018|global urban debates, governance & finance, housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , , , |

URBANET’s latest infographic series provides you with interesting facts and figures about urbanisation in Brazil.

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

By |2018-07-12T15:33:08+02:00June 1st 2018|climate change & resilience, , , , |

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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Creating Decent Jobs Through Waste Pickers Cooperatives

By |2018-05-02T17:36:53+02:00May 2nd 2018|decent work, energy & waste, , , , , |

In precarious working environments, cooperatives hold an immense potential to increase social and economic inclusion of marginalized groups. Sonia Dias uses the examples of waste pickers cooperatives to illustrate how the concept of cooperatives helps implement the four pillars of the International Labor Organisation’s Decent Work Agenda—and calls on policy makers to create a favourable environment for this organisational form.

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Sustainable development in the metropolitan century: where do we stand one year after Habitat III?

By |2017-10-27T17:12:12+02:00October 27th 2017|global urban debates, , , , , , |

One year has passed since the historic adoption of the New Urban Agenda, two since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda. Is the implementation of the agendas on track? What are obstacles and how can we improve the process?

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The challenge of localising the SDGs: A reflection about Brazil

By |2017-10-04T17:01:53+02:00October 4th 2017|global urban debates, , , , , , , , |

To attain the SDGs, local implementation is key, and cities bear a special responsibility in that regard. But what does the situation really look like on the ground – is there enough awareness and commitment to this global process? Daphne Besen analyses the situation in metropolises and small and medium size cities in Brazil.

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