SPOTLIGHT ON: URBAN LABS AND INNOVATION

For Cities With The Courage To Try, Anything Is Possible: Small-Scale Test Actions Towards A More Circular Economy

By |2022-04-11T10:17:44+02:00April 11th 2022|Green & Smart Development, , , |

Many cities carry out small-scale test actions, seeking to accelerate their transition to a more circular economy. Eileen Crowley reflects on the limitless advantages and opportunities provided to cities that are willing to embrace a culture of experimentation.

Jakarta’s Pandemic Water Stress: Hitting the Economy and the Urban Poor

By |2020-09-30T09:05:53+02:00September 30th 2020|Urban Health, Water & Sanitation, , , , |

The Covid-19 pandemic increases the already existing water scarcity in Indonesia's capital, affecting already disadvantaged inhabitants most of all, writes Akash Sahu.

Energy and Resources from Wastewater: A Triple-Win Solution for Cities in China and India

By |2020-04-30T10:37:44+02:00April 30th 2020|Water & Sanitation, , , , |

Drawing on examples from China and India, Betsy Otto, Xiaotian Fu, and Sahana Goswami from the World Resource Institute present the benefits of circular economy approaches in urban wastewater treatment.

Landscape Porosity: Why we need Water-Based Urbanism

By |2020-05-14T08:53:35+02:00April 28th 2020|Climate Change & Resilience, Water & Sanitation, , , , , |

Creating urban spaces that allow for the free flow and penetration of water and wind is essential to the survival of water-based cities like Bangkok. “Landscape porosity” can help us better understand and defend these urban ecosystems in times of climate change, says Kotchakorn Voraakhom.

Urban Mining in Ghana

By |2020-04-23T08:25:37+02:00April 23rd 2020|Decent Work, Housing & Informality, , , |

Analyses of Ghana's e-waste import tend to focus on the dangerous effects of its informal processing. Richard Grant and Martin Oteng-Ababio employ the concept of urban mining to take a more differentiating look at a thriving informal economy.

Circular Economies as an Answer to the Waste Crisis: Lessons Learnt

By |2020-04-21T08:42:07+02:00April 21st 2020|Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development, , , , |

The world’s cities have a critical role to play in supporting global sustainability efforts and tackling climate change. Effective waste management lies at the very core of these ambitions, says Donovan Storey from the Global Green Growth Institute.

UrbanByNature: The Global Programme for Urban Nature Pioneers

By |2020-04-15T08:07:10+02:00April 15th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Green & Smart Development, , |

In times of rapid urbanisation, increasing population, resource depletion, degradation of ecosystems, growing pressures on urban land use and climate change, nature-based solutions (NBS) provide opportunities for both society and nature. The UrbanByNature programme supports cities and practitioners in applying NBS that are cost-effective and mutually beneficial.

Circular Economies – Benefits for an Urban Setting

By |2020-04-09T13:16:41+02:00April 9th 2020|Energy & Waste, Water & Sanitation, , , , , , |

The waste produced by cities does not need to be dumped – but instead can become the starting point of a new production cycle, argues Nick Jeffries from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Cooperatively Recovering Water as an Urban Common

By |2020-04-07T07:56:09+02:00April 7th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Water & Sanitation, , , |

Water as a common resource that no one should derive profit from – an idea that stands in crass contrast to privatising urban water management. Kostas Nikolaou, professor and activist with the Greek water movement K136, portrays their successful fight against privatisation.

Why Care About Trees in Cities?

By |2020-04-02T08:20:10+02:00April 2nd 2020|Green & Smart Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Forests provide tremendous benefits to urban areas such as clean air and water, climate resilience and biodiversity, human health and well-being. They also provide jobs, recreation, and a suite of nature-based solutions for city infrastructure, argues the international alliance Cities4Forests.

Urban Mining – recovering materials in metropolitan regions

By |2021-02-23T15:29:58+01:00February 2nd 2017|Basic Infrastructure & Housing, , , , , |

To what extent can cities be used as ‘anthropogenic material stocks’? How can international cooperation contribute? In the following interview, Professor Liselotte Schebek from Darmstadt’s Technical University and Uwe Becker, who manages a GIZ-run project in India, share their views on these issues.

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