Spotlight on: Cities built4climate

Applying Ancestral Lessons to Contemporary Realities – A Return to Ghana’s Architectural Heritage

By |2022-11-18T17:54:32+01:00November 15th 2022|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, , , , |

Breathing new life into city architecture through native materials and construction techniques will catalyse lasting change and adaptability amidst unpredictable climate change-related incidences. Kweku Addo-Atuah on a return to Ghana's architectural heritage.

Spotlight on: COP27

Needing No Less Than a Revolution – Building For a Sustainable Future Climate

By |2022-11-10T13:56:23+01:00November 8th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , , |

To get cities back on track to avoid building towards a climate crisis, actions must start today. Donovan Storey and Etta Madete Mukuba on sustainable design principles, alternative building materials, and technologies.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WORLD URBAN FORUM

Transforming Our Cities for a Better Urban Future: Can We?

By |2022-06-28T09:19:00+02:00June 28th 2022|Climate Change & Resilience, Global Urban Debates, , , , |

Climate change is the biggest challenge our cities are currently facing. Lance Jay Brown on the urgent need to transform them – and on the many ideas on how to do it.

Climate Change Adaptation in Spain: When a Plan is not Enough

By |2021-06-22T08:36:07+02:00June 1st 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Municipal & Climate Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Reducing carbon emissions is no longer enough to reduce the effects of climate change, making climate adaptation – the process of adjustment to climate change and entailing hazards – necessary. Cristina Bernal Aparicio takes a look at Spain's climate adaptation plan, its flaws, and its potential.

Climate Information for Sustainable and Resilient Urban Planning

By |2021-01-20T10:42:57+01:00January 20th 2021|Climate Change & Resilience, Smart & Digital Development, , |

The impact of climate change is especially concentrated in urban areas and is projected to increase in the future. Using climate information in urban planning, however, can build resilient cities and enable sustainable development. By Saskia Buchholz from the German Meteorological Service.

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.

Localizing Global Agendas

By |2021-11-05T11:21:37+01:00September 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.

Why Cities Climate Finance Matters

By |2019-09-23T09:43:03+02:00September 23rd 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Multi 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.

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

By |2021-11-05T11:26:39+01:00September 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.

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.

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

By |2019-01-08T10:18:48+01:00January 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.

COP24: What Does it Mean for Cities and Regions?

By |2022-11-21T11:49:18+01:00December 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.

“Climate Change Can be Seen Everywhere in Slums”

By |2018-12-13T10:10:37+01:00December 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.

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

By |2018-11-27T10:29:11+01:00November 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.

Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

By |2020-04-08T15:44:09+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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