Resilience-building: how to include the urban poor

by David Lammers, MSc Environmental Studies and Sustainability Studies, Lund University “Resilience is also required to respond to bad policy decisions”. This statement by William Cobbett, Director of the Cities Alliance, opened up a session on a very challenging aspect of urban development: achieving inclusiveness, particularly with regards to the urban poor. Cobbett framed two problematic 

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“Transformative optimism” towards a resilient world

“Transformative optimism” underlies the actions that local and subnational governments are taking to build a low-carbon and resilient world. It also describes the dedication among national governments that has led to significant advancements in global sustainability policy in recent years. This morning, at the opening plenary of Resilient Cities 2016, Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor of Bonn 

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Reality Check Workshops Preview: Resilience in Da Nang, Can Tho and Bangkok

Impacts from climate change are already being experienced worldwide and are only projected to continue: extreme weather events with higher frequency and intensity, higher precipitation in some areas, drought in other areas, rising sea level and more. Cities are often at the most risk to impacts of climate change due to their frequently coastal locations 

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From Agenda 21 to COP21: Addressing resilience in cities and informal settlements

By Omar Siddique, Senior Urban Specialist, Cities Alliance Chapter 7 on ‘human settlements’, which emerged from the first Rio Conference in 1992, received huge political push back from developing countries and environmentalists at the time of the negotiations over the text. Issues regarding cities and settlements were seen as part of the polluting, unsustainable “brown 

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Building Resilience in Informal Settlements

Building resilience in cities should enhance the quality of life for all residents. Yet resilience planning, like urban development, has previously excluded an entire subset of urban dwellers: those living in informal settlements. In reality, the residents of informal settlements should be central to strengthening local resilience; they represent a significant portion of the global 

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TAPplications: The Ecologist City of Jambi, Indonesia

This blog series presents some of the applications to the Transformative Actions Program, to show you how cities are “tapping” their potential for sustainability. For more information on the TAP, please visit the website. Jambi City (or Kota Jambi) is the capital city of Jambi province in Eastern Sumatra, Indonesia. The city is a busy 

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TAPplications: Catbalogan’s Move from Fish Hunting to Fish Farming

This blog series presents some of the applications to the Transformative Actions Program, to show you how cities are “tapping” their potential for sustainability. For more information on the TAP, please visit the website. Catbalogan, in the Philippines, is situated at the core of the “Coral Triangle”, which is recognized as the global center of 

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Resilient Cities 2015 announces Photo Contest Winner and New Program

Photo Contest Congratulations to Ms. Sayamon Saiyot, who won the Resilient Cities 2015 Photo Contest with the image featured above! Sayamon is a student at the Yokohama National University, where she is conducting research on how to enhance community resilience against flooding in Thailand. Sayamon’s photo captured the contest theme – “Testimonies of resilience: Snapshots 

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Sendai Conference raises the curtain for the post-2015 development agenda, focusing on disaster risk reduction

On 13-18 March 2014, ICLEI Member City Sendai (Japan) will host the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). The conference aims to finalize the design of the international and multistakeholder framework of collaboration on disaster risk reduction for the next couple of decades. WCDRR is of particular importance as the first decadal intergovernmental 

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Voices in the Corridors: If You had Unlimited funds…

Some participants at the first day of Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific shared what their resilience plans would be if they had access to unlimited resources. All interviews were conducted by Olga Chepelianskaia. Transcript: My name is Zahad, I am from Bogor City, Indonesia, and I want my city to have proper, running, clean water. Transcript: If 

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