City-Wide Mapping for Disaster Management

By |2021-02-22T12:40:04+01:00August 13th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, , , , |

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. But can maps help in coping with natural disasters? Harry Mahardhika Machmud from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia shows why spatial data is key for disaster management, and how it can be tailored to the needs of local communities.

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Collaboration for Climate Change Adaptation in Cities: Some Observations from Nepal

By |2021-02-22T12:40:25+01:00July 26th 2018|Climate Change & Resilience, , , , , , |

In the fourth part of our series on the Talanoa Dialogues, Kirti Kusum Joshi talks about the need for dialogue between federal, provincial, and local governments in order to reduce Nepal's vulnerability to climate change.

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A City of Life: Medellín’s Plan to Protect and Promote Urban Biodiversity

By |2021-07-23T15:11:49+02:00May 16th 2018|Green & Smart Development, , , , |

Three years ago, the city of Medellín adopted a novel approach to manage and conserve biodiversity, launching Colombia’s first local action plan on urban biodiversity: “Medellín, a city of life.” Maria Mejia and Juliana Echeverri argue that this effort should inspire other cities to explore new methods and concepts that link biodiversity to human well-being, resilience, and economic development.

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

By |2021-02-22T13:39:59+01:00April 24th 2018|Climate Change & Resilience, , , , , , |

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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Hurricane Irma and its impact on Haitian cities

By |2021-07-23T14:48:17+02:00November 16th 2017|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , , , |

With rising ocean water temperatures due to climate change, hurricanes are becoming stronger and last longer. This year, the Caribbean and parts of the US were hit by hurricane Irma, a particularly devastating storm. How can costal cities prepare for such disasters, and mitigate their effects? In an interview, Joseph Severe, Jean Frantz Jure and Nicolas Jean talk about the situation in Haiti.

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Can a city become resilient? If so, to what and how?

By |2021-07-23T14:55:43+02:00May 10th 2017|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , |

In the process of developing an urban resilience strategy – one that answers these questions, one that addresses the concerns of planners, developers, mayors, local government personnel, investors and concerned citizens – inevitably more questions arise. The most important one is arguably the question of 'resilience to what and why?' This was also discussed during the recent Resilient Cities Conference 2017 in Bonn.

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“People need to own public space” – Interview with Ebru Gencer from the Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

By |2021-02-23T15:30:42+01:00March 14th 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , , , |

Urban populations face risks, not only in regard to natural disasters and climate change, but also in terms of social problems such as unsafe public spaces. In an interview with URBANET, Ebru Gencer from CUDRR+R explains how cities and local governments can make cities more resilient and manage risks effectively.

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Investing in Asia’s Urban Future

By |2018-08-02T12:12:26+02:00January 23rd 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , , , , |

Asia is one of the regions of the world that is experiencing extremely rapid urbanisation. The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) has recently launched a photobook in which case studies of four cities in Asia illustrate innovative ways to tackle issues in key sectors such as flood and drainage management, water supply, transport and waste management.

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“Soon 20 percent of the land of Southern Bangladesh may be gone forever” – An interview with ANM Safiqul Alam, MD of Geomark

By |2021-02-23T15:15:45+01:00January 17th 2017|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , , , , , |

Bangladeshi cities do not only have to face difficult climate conditions, but also increasing waves of urban migration and the problems associated with that. URBANET spoke to ANM Safiqul Alam, managing director of the software and planning company Geomark, about how Bangladesh is facing these challenges and why he is hopeful for the future of the country.

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“Local governments are better equipped” – An interview with John Bongat, mayor of Naga City

By |2021-02-23T14:54:54+01:00January 3rd 2017|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , , , , , |

John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone cities in the world. URBANET talked to him about how he attempts to make Naga City more livable.

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Mozambique: Rehabilitation of the Chiveve River is improving the quality of life of Beira’s residents

By |2021-02-23T15:31:21+01:00December 9th 2016|Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This second part describes how the coastal city of Beira in Mozambique mitigates floods and other climate change-related natural disasters, which usually effect the poorest communities the most severely. By rehabilitating the Chiveve River, the situation has improved significantly.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part IV: Building livable cities

By |2021-02-22T13:14:28+01:00December 1st 2016|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Climate Change & Resilience, Green & Smart Development, , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this fourth part, she explains what is concretely being done against the factors that threaten the livability of India's cities and concludes by saying that there needs to be a fundamental shift in the way planners and policy-makers approach urban development.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part I: India’s Urban Transformation

By |2021-02-23T15:57:39+01:00November 22nd 2016|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this first part, she outlines the shift in urban growth in India and measures that are being taken in response to it.

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