Local Value Addition in India’s and Indonesia’s Construction Raw Materials Sectors

By |2021-01-26T07:54:03+01:00January 26th 2021|Decent Work, Decentralisation, Economic Development, , , , |

Construction raw materials are a source for local value addition – if their potential is fully tapped. The sector project "Extractives and Development" of the “The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources" (BGR) presents its research results – and emphasises the need to pay special attention to labour rights and environmental protection.

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.

Circular Economy for the Evolution of the Built Environment

By |2021-11-03T14:53:41+01:00September 10th 2019|Green & Smart Development, Smart & Digital Development, , , , |

With massive urbanisation rates worldwide, it is essential that our built environment contributes to sustainable urban planning. Vivek Jaisree Mohandas and Henning Wilts outline how the concept of Circular Economy can be applied to the construction sector.

How Can Urban Flood Management in Vietnam Become More Sustainable?

By |2021-11-04T12:13:16+01:00May 28th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

More than one third of Vietnam's population is living in cities, requiring effective sanitation and stormwater services. Yet their provision is limited, with an estimation of less than 10 per cent of wastewater being treated in urban areas. Sebastian Malter argues that a diversification of drainage systems will support sustainable urban development.

The Future is Community-led: How People Are Improving Their Neighbourhoods Across Africa

By |2019-05-16T22:17:24+02:00May 16th 2019|Housing & Informality, , , , , , , , |

All across Africa, the most rapidly urbanising continent, locals are taking action to improve their neighbourhoods and get access to adequate housing and services. Leading up the UN Habitat Assembly, URBANET presents examples from Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

When Communities Transform Old Socialist Housing into Adequate Housing – Part 2

By |2019-05-14T10:06:30+02:00May 14th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , |

Socialist-era apartment buildings in Vietnam’s cities, so-called KTT, are decaying rapidly. Tenants’ community organisations could help upgrade them and prevent redevelopment, says Boram Kimhur.

When Communities Transform Old Socialist Housing into Adequate Housing – Part 1

By |2019-05-15T10:19:54+02:00May 9th 2019|Housing & Informality, , , , |

Socialist-era apartment buildings in Vietnam’s cities, so-called KTT, are decaying rapidly. Tenants’ community organisations could help upgrade them and prevent redevelopment, says Boram Kimhur.

Building from Scratch and Sand

By |2019-05-07T09:32:30+02:00May 7th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Green & Smart Development, Housing & Informality, , , , |

Urban areas around the world face the challenge of delivering affordable housing to ever growing populations. Availability and expenses of both building material and skilled workers are a common hindrance. Turning sand into a revolutionary new building material might offer a solution, writes PolyCare Co-Founder Dr Gerhard Dust.

Infrastructure and SDGs in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

By |2019-04-30T08:44:32+02:00April 30th 2019|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Governance & Finance, , , , , , , |

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, commits to implementation of the SDGs. To this end, the city focusses on sustainable construction, always ensuring to align the SDGs with national policies.

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