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[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:24
Hungary’s first eco-playground has opened in ICLEI member city Budapest. The playground is lit by solar lighting and built along environmentally sustainable lines, with great care taken during construction to preserve the natural properties of the soil at the site. Notice boards at the facility aim to educate children and inspire parents with ideas for their own homes. At an unconventional... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 13:06
A logo competition for the Initiative, instigated in partnership with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, resulted in a winner after much deliberation, thanks to jury members David Fortin from Montana State University, Fiona Jack from University of Auckland and Victor Mgendi and Jane Nyakairu from UN-HABITAT. The winner, Andrew M. Wee, of the Philippines, received his degree in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 12:26
Kinshasa, 10 October 2011 - With half of Africa's forests and water resources and trillion-dollar mineral reserves, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could become a powerhouse of African development provided multiple pressures on its natural resources are urgently addressed. A major Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment of the DRC by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 12:17
Gwangju, 13 October 2011- Improved planning and more intelligent management of cities across the developed and developing world could play a key role in growing economies, boosting social improvements and reducing humanity's environmental footprint. Findings from the Green Economy report of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) indicate that current patterns of urban development could be costing... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 11:41
The 10th Metropolis World Congress will focus on Cities in Transition. New city models have been established in the face of the financial downturn, the scarcity of petroleum and the depletion of the present growth model. This paradigm of change affects all aspects of cities: the environment, the city's growth model, the quality of life of the people and the urban innovations. The Congress will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 09:19
Focused policies and investments aimed at protecting and managing forest and trees in and around cities are needed to strengthen urban livelihoods and improve city environments, as the world becomes increasingly urbanized. This was the message offered today on the occasion of World Habitat Day by the international Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), of which FAO is a member. As an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 09:04
A study by the National League of Cities says how the economic recession has finally started to hit cities as property - and income-tax have decreased. Cities are balancing their budgets through layoffs, canceled construction projects or raised fees. High unemployment, ailing housing market and weak consumer spending have reduced taxes for cities for five straight years, reports Daniel Wagner for... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 16:31
Advance Future Leaders Foundation organized a strategic awareness campaign and citizens participation in an event aimed to combat floods in Lagos for World Habitat Day celebrations in Lagos on 3 October 2011. The aim of the event was to educate citizens about  the flooding hazards as a result of unplanned and  unauthorized structures along the drainage areas, enlighten citizens on climate change... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 16:28
Africa Initiative for Environment Sustainable Network, an NGO based in Nigeria took this year's World Habitat Day to local communities where climate change and habitats are facing serious environmental and climate change impacts. The project 'Delta Green Initiative', a process to help in adaptation and mitigation through planning aimed at planting, and nurturing over 100 trees on the occasion of... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 16:25
The Rural People Encouragers Network (RUPEN) organized a public information campaign to raise awareness of the problems and issues of Climate Change through theatre, a forum and paper presentations under the topic 'Effect of Climate Change and Education'. To build up to the main World Habitat Day celebration on 3 October, a computer training session was also organized from 1 August to 2 September... Read more