Does Cultural Heritage Make More Resilient Cities?

By |2019-10-10T10:42:09+02:00October 10th 2019|climate change & resilience, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , |

When disasters hit, cultural heritage is often perceived as something passive, something hit by destruction. Conservation architect and risk management expert Rohit Jigyasu argues for a different perception: one that acknowledges the decisive role urban cultural heritage can play both in the prevention and in the outcome of natural disaster, making it an active component of urban resilience.

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Localizing Global Agendas

By |2019-09-25T11:13:51+02:00September 25th 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , , , , |

The 2019 SDG Summit will mark the first quadrennial review of the 2030 Agenda. It assesses where we are, how far we have come since its adoption – and what needs to be done, as we enter the next decade, to achieve the ambitious global goals to leave no one and no place behind.

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Why Cities Climate Finance Matters

By |2019-09-23T09:43:03+02:00September 23rd 2019|climate change & resilience, mutli stakeholder partnerships, , , , , , |

At the Climate Action Summit, it is widely acknowledged that cities are key in addressing climate change. Yet, sufficient funding for necessary measures is often hard to come by. Barbara Buchner presents some new and promising approaches of mobilising finance for building resilient urban infrastructure.

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UN-Habitat Working with Partners and City Leaders on Climate Action

By |2019-09-23T08:46:42+02:00September 19th 2019|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, , , |

With the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit up ahead next week, UN-Habitat's Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif explains why ambitious climate action depends on cities and presents four new initiatives, which will be launched at the Summit.

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Climate Resilient Infrastructure – the Way Forward

By |2019-09-05T12:03:58+02:00September 5th 2019|climate change & resilience, , , , , |

Current design standards for building infrastructure are based on outdated, historic climate data. In the face of climate change, planning, operation, maintenance, and management of infrastructure need to be revised, says urban environmental planner Riya Rahiman.

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Taking Cues from People’s Movements for Governing Climate Change Induced Migration

By |2019-01-08T10:18:48+02:00January 8th 2019|climate change & resilience, , , , |

An increasing number of droughts, floods, and other hazards mean that more and more people are deciding to migrate. Ritwika Basu describes what is needed at the governance level to deal with climate change induced migration.

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COP24: What Does it Mean for Cities and Regions?

By |2018-12-17T15:14:22+02:00December 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, governance & finance, , , , , , , |

COP24 in Katowice, Poland, has come to an end. Environmental journalist Lou del Bello sums up what its outcomes hold for cities and regions.

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“Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums”

By |2018-12-13T10:10:37+02:00December 13th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , , , , , |

At COP24, India-based Sheela Patel from SPARC talked to Lou del Bello about how climate change affects people in informal settlements the most – and about strategies to address their special needs.

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The Need for Radical Transformation: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Cape Town, South Africa

By |2018-11-27T10:29:11+02:00November 27th 2018|climate change & resilience, , , , , , , |

It can no longer be denied that climate change has severe effects on our daily lives. As a response, the City of Cape Town has developed a policy that acknowledges climate change impacts as a pressing social and economic issue.

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Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By |2018-05-29T16:47:30+02:00April 25th 2018|climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , |

Constructing a house is a rite of passage to adulthood in most peri-urban areas of Mozambique. While it is common for people to build their own homes using traditional techniques, it often reproduces vulnerability as most of these self-built houses are easily damaged even by low or medium magnitude weather events. How can resilient construction techniques prompt behaviour change in house construction and generate income?

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Interview: “We have started to become more resilient” – Ronaldo Golez, Mayor of Dumangas, Philippines

By |2018-04-24T09:41:07+02:00April 24th 2018|climate change & resilience, urban agriculture, , , , , , |

The agricultural sector of the municipality of Dumangas in the Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We spoke to its mayor Ronaldo Golez about strategies to become more resilient and to empower local communities.

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“Being a smart city means making smart decisions” – interview with Mario Arauz from the city of Guadalajara

By |2018-03-28T11:12:56+02:00March 28th 2018|smart & digital development, , , , , |

Known as a technology hub, Guadalajara is Mexico’s answer to Silicon Valley. No wonder then that the city is in the process of transforming itself into a smart city. URBANET talked to Mario Arauz, Director of Government Innovation and Intelligent Cities, about Guadalajara’s take on the smart city concept.

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Mitigation Through Innovation: Sustainable Water Supply in Windhoek

By |2018-03-22T10:21:51+02:00March 22nd 2018|urban nexus, water & sanitation, , , , , |

Windhoek—the capital city of Namibia, the most arid country in Sub-Saharan Africa—has long met its severe water challenges through innovation. But its growing population is increasing its demand for water while climate change exacerbates scarce supplies. On the occation of World Water Day 2018, Pierre van Rensburg highlights the city's innovative augmentation strategies to keep the crisis from becoming a catastrophe.

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Creating a low-carbon and equitable future: Cities IPCC sets blueprint for urban transformation

By |2018-03-09T13:16:31+02:00March 9th 2018|global urban debates, , , , , |

At the end of three intensive days of Cities IPCC, scientists, policymakers and development experts set a global blueprint on how cities can be better places to live and meet the challenge of climate change. Stephen Leahy takes a look back and ahead.

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“Climate change and gender issues cannot be taken apart” – an interview with Laids Mias-Cea from UN-Habitat (video)

By |2018-03-08T13:36:01+02:00March 7th 2018|global urban debates, inclusion, , , , , , , , , |

What are the linkages between climate change and gender? Why are women and youth particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change? And how can we create an enabling environment that allows women and youth to participate in climate decision making? URBANET talked to Maria Adelaida “Laids” Mias-Cea, Regional Coordinator of UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI). Check out her video on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day.

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