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

By |2018-07-26T14:58:20+00:00July 26th 2018|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, Tags: , , , , , , |

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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Climate-resilient Housing in Mozambique’s Coastal Cities

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

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+00:00April 24th 2018|climate change & resilience, urban agriculture, Tags: , , , , , , , |

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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Implementing a Nexus Approach to Sustainable Development in Urban Areas

By |2018-04-17T11:05:33+00:00April 17th 2018|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, urban nexus, Tags: , , , , , |

This April, the second Nexus Conference will focus on the links and trade-offs between water, energy, and food—the “nexus”—in urban areas. Cities are at the forefront of the climate challenge and the heart of the global economy, so they are critical to implementing an integrated approach to meeting the SDGs and building climate resilience.

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Interview: “Building resilience requires active public participation” – Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative

By |2018-04-12T12:49:48+00:00April 11th 2018|climate change & resilience, public spaces, Tags: , , , , , |

How can vulnerable groups and their needs be integrated into resilience building? URBANET talked to Vera Bukachi from the Kounkuey Design Initiative, who strongly believes that participatory planning and design are key to sustainable urban development.

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Making Africa’s green cities core of the low carbon and climate resilient future

By |2018-08-02T11:58:48+00:00November 22nd 2017|economic development, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , |

How Africa as a continent makes cities work for all while realising a low carbon and climate resilient economy, will determine the success of the Paris Agreement, says Sadiq Okoh. In his article, he outlines possible paths to green development.

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Sustainable cities – towards a low-carbon and resilient future

By |2017-11-09T15:06:06+00:00November 9th 2017|climate change & resilience, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , , |

What does a sustainable urban future look like? In a new video, municipal officials, urban experts and local residents from around the world talk about urban challenges, solutions for climate-friendly cities and future needs for low-carbon urban development.

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Cities & Climate Change | Infographics

By |2017-11-08T15:18:41+00:00November 8th 2017|global urban debates, Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

How does climate change impact cities and urban citizens around the world, and what can cities do to not further contribute to global warming? URBANET's infographics show current trends regarding issues such as water and energy supply, solid waste management, and urban green.

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Make or break: How the city of tomorrow will shape our future

By |2017-10-25T21:56:29+00:00August 15th 2017|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Building cities able to accommodate half a billion people over the next 30 years is one of the biggest transformations of our planet and we have to get it right", Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General stated at the Langenburg Forum for Sustainability. Read the full speech here on URBANET

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

By |2017-10-25T21:57:58+00:00May 10th 2017|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, Tags: , , , |

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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City Climate Action: How challenges can turn into opportunities

By |2017-10-25T22:00:18+00:00May 3rd 2017|climate change & resilience, global urban debates, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , |

In these days, climate and Bonn are thought together. As a matter of fact, adaptation to climate change, building resilience and dealing with loss and damages will challenge the world just as much as the necessity of mitigating global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius or less. Bonn is a hotspot for the joint efforts to get there. Already this 8 May, the Bonn Climate Talks will bring parties, observers and stakeholders together in the city at the Rhine.

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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 |2017-10-14T15:25:17+00:00March 14th 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, public spaces, Tags: , , , , , , , |

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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“Nowadays cities are more aware of the problem” – An interview with Jiao Tang and Luis Marinheiro from the ISWA

By |2017-10-14T15:32:49+00:00January 31st 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, energy & waste, Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In recent years there have been great advancements in solid waste management and people are becoming more and more aware of its importance. However especially in developing countries there is still a need for more sustainable solutions. We spoke to Jiao Tang and Luis Marinheiro about the current situation in waste management and what still needs to be done to make it more sustainable and innovative.

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Investing in Asia’s Urban Future

By |2018-08-02T12:12:26+00:00January 23rd 2017|basic infrastructure & housing, water & sanitation, Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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

By |2017-10-25T22:00:46+00:00January 3rd 2017|climate change & resilience, disaster risk reduction, green & smart development, Tags: , , , , , , |

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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