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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 09:22
The world is experiencing an unprecedented transition from predominantly rural to mainly urban living, with more than 55 percent of the world’s population already living in urban areas and this figure is set to rise to 70 percent by the middle of 21st century. While rapid and spontaneous urbanization has presented the world’s cities with major environmental, economic and social challenges, cities... Read more
Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:25
Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing rapid population growth. Yet their economic growth has not kept pace. Why? One factor might be low capital investment, due in part to Africa’s relative poverty: Other regions have reached similar stages of urbanization at higher per capita GDP. This study, however, identifies a deeper reason: African cities are closed to the world. Compared with other... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:39
This is a defining moment. Together, we are starting to build towards the low-carbon era. This is indeed a collective effort. States, communities, civil society organisations, businesses, international and intergovernmental organisations: we are all mobilised for the challenges that face us. The complexity of the climate challenge requires us to not only work at the global level but also to... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:05
The Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report investigates the progress made by communities and utilities as they continue their evolution toward smarter infrastructure. Around the globe, cities and utilities are beginning to see tangible results from preliminary efforts and are gaining confidence in what a smart city can be. Municipalities are starting to... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:15
As part of the Global Call to Action in Indigenous and Community Land Rights, this brief puts the spotlight on the need to secure land rights for the world’s pastoralists, as pastoralism is practised by an estimated 200-500 million people.1 Pastoralists manage rangelands that cover a quarter of the world’s land surface but have few advocates.2 Indigenous and community lands are used, managed or... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:07
The Conference in Quito was by no means the end of local and regional governments’ Habitat III Journey. Our constituency sees the New Urban Agenda as the lynchpin of all of the other major international agendas adopted over recent years. The Paris Climate Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework… all will depend on the successful implementation of the New Urban Agenda in... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 15:12
Urban resilience is a product of the capacity of households to absorb stress, adapt to, and transform scope for action in managing risk. This brief outlines a new methodology developed to investigate aspects of resilience in very poor urban contexts where economic assets are universally constrained. It was developed in response to requests from Save the Children to explore scope for adapting a... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 14:51
This report is ECF’s second calculation of the internal and external benefits of cycling linked to the current level of cycling in the EU-28. It is an extended and updated version of the first report published in 2013. The calculations have been updated with the latest available figures; in some cases, the methodologies for calculating the benefits have been refined taking into account the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:07
We live in a datafied world. Governments use data to measure the impact and efficiency of evidence-based policies. Businesses mine vast amounts of data to research markets and understand their clients. Individuals are organising their social life through media enabling to capture, collect and communicate more information on their beliefs and actions than ever before. The United Nations called for... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 14:55
Conservation has traditionally been an exercise in localism. Trees are planted to restore local forests damaged by human activity, fire or floods. Grasses and shrubs are placed as buffers between agricultural fields and water sources to reduce soil and chemical runoff. These nature-based activities are not typically viewed as critical components to solving global challenges like climate change or... Read more

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