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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 09:03
Local authorities and representatives of government met in ICLEI member city Montpellier (France) from 17-19 January to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 in the Mediterranean region. Eighteen countries from the Mediterranean region, including representatives of 15 cities, as well as three mayors, gathered at the first subregional workshop on capacity-building on strategies... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 08:49
Transport planners from Technical University Berlin conducted a survey about people’s expectations of usage and suitability for daily use of electric cars. Unlike the approach taken in other surveys, the researchers divided common acceptance of electric mobility and willingness to change personal mobility behaviour. In a spot test the researchers surveyed 36 participants of an electric mobility... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 - 20:41
UNESCO proposes to organize an international conference from 26 to 28 September 2012 in Vancouver (BC) Canada, to explore the main issues affecting the preservation of digital documentary heritage, in order to develop strategies that will contribute to greater protection of digital assets and help to define an implementation methodology that is appropriate for developing countries, in particular... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:40
  Throughout this January 2012 thus far, very rarely has there been a bright sunny day in Jakarta. Rain has become more frequent and intense accompanied by strong winds, increasing flood risks to the city. Jakarta suffers from perennial flooding, with the last major events occurring in 1996, 2002 and 2007. The February 2007 event inundated 235 km2 or about 36 percent of the city by up to seven... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 16:19
The Government of Rwanda and UN-Habitat will start work in coming weeks on a series of pilot projects to tackle growing urbanization confronting the country in recent years. The announcement was made after President Paul Kagame of Rwanda this week received UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, to discuss future collaboration and projects dealing with sustainable urban development policies... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 16:48
Do you look forward to a blue Christmas? Millions of people ask; whom will i get gifts for? What should i buy? I want to move to my own resident by Christmas! Such concerns was what was runing through Mr Femi Onaoye mind ( a new house owner in Omobolanle area of Osogbo in Osun state), as he was putting everything in place, so that year 2011 christmas day will meet him and his family at their own... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 08:56
Since the spring of 2010, the Students Rebuild team has intimately watched how the January 12 earthquake - and the humanitarian responses it triggered - continues to transform Haiti's students and the nation's education system. Unable to tell the story of every young person we've encountered, we focused our camera on one student, Diandine Emile - a high school senior - with the hope of painting a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 10:28
New Dehli: Should Delhi go vertical? Town planners believe it is a wrong question to begin with. The question we should ask is how best we can house our people and manage population densities within the city, says author and urban studies expert Gautam Bhan, who is currently pursuing a PhD in urban planning at University of California, Berkeley. While talk of Delhi going vertical - an idea... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 09:40
A former Panasonic manufacturing site 50 kilometres west of Tokyo is being used to develop Japan's first sustainable town. Nine companies have united to build Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town – essentially a 1000-home "model town" for energy-conscious families of the future. All going to plan, when the Fujisawa SST is completed some time in 2014, carbon dioxide emissions from its households will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 13:00
The UK has turned to ICLEI member Bremen (Germany) for advice on car-sharing promotion and implementation. On 1 November 2011, Michael Glotz-Richter, project manager for sustainable mobility in the City of Bremen and coordinator of the European Momo car-sharing project, addressed the House of Commons in Westminster. The 'All-Party Parliamentary Group on Car Clubs and Car-Sharing' had gathered to... Read more