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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 - 15:18
Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State in Nigeria is witnessing rapid urban land use and land cover changes largely due to high population growth. This study attempts the use of GIS and Remote Sensing in mapping land use and land cover in the study area between 1993, 2003 and 2013 so as to detect the changes that may have taken place in the study area between these periods. The study... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 11:56
This report on the state of Asian and Pacific cities is the second in the series first published by UN-Habitat (the United Nations Human Settlements Programme) and ESCAP (the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) in 2010 then 2011. Building on the findings and baseline data provided in the 2010 report, and in capturing both rapid change and new policy... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:09
El Niño episodes have been occurring every 2 to 7 years, with attendant impacts being experienced across many parts of Kenya. These impacts mainly result from heavy rainfall and the resulting flooding that hits most of the country. One of the most intense El Niños (The El Niño of the century) was experienced in 1997/1998 and caused widespread devastation across the country, causing death,... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 09:40
This report is submitted to the Department for International Development (DfID) by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town, as a final report and part of the ‘Urban infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa – harnessing land values, housing and transport’ project. The ACC team is made up primarily of researchers based in Cape Town but includes researchers from Angola,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:33
Continued urbanization around the world – and natural population growth – are creating larger cities,particularly in developing countries. As a result, cities are becoming spatially, functionally and economicallyinterdependent with their surrounding settlements and rural areas, constituting metropolitan regions –each a single economy and labor market, a community with common interests and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:21
Urbanization provides South Asian countries with the potential to transform their economies to join the ranks of richer nations in both prosperity and livability, but a new World Bank report finds the region, while making strides, has struggled to make the most of the opportunity. One big reason is that its urbanization has been messy and hidden, according to the report titled, “Leveraging... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:38
Atlases educate, illustrate and illuminate our dynamic world In our inaugural Transforming World Atlas we have produced a series of maps to highlight BofA Merrill Lynch’s favorite cyclical and secular investment themes based on our Transforming World framework: Themes 1. People – the allocation of scarce human resources 2. Earth – the allocation of scarce natural resources 3. Innovation – the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:56
In September 2015, world leaders will meet to adopt a universal and transformative agenda for sustainable development, with a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) at its core. The scientific community has provided valuable guidance in the formulation of the SDGs, and it will needto remain closely engaged as the world moves towards implementing the new agenda and reviewing our progress. The... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015 - 09:58
Three significant factors are inhibiting the sustainability of Mauritius: the historical legacies of colonialism, the present neoliberal approach to the economy and urbanisation, and a highly centralised governance system. One of the consequences is a lack of adequate housing for marginalised groups. This study considers how this housing need is, and can be, addressed through the provision of low... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 13:56
After a decade, City Corporation Elections was held in Dhaka on 28 April, 2015. Before the election, the mayoral candidates participated in debates and different events to show their commitments towards a sustainable city. World Vision acknowledges that children living in urban poverty remain especially vulnerable to human rights violations with slum environments associated with adverse health,... Read more