How Can Cities Tackle Climate Change & Biodiversity Loss in Nature-Smart Ways?

  • There is renewed urgency to tackle biodiversity loss and climate change, both of which can wreak havoc on cities.
  • Despite the obstacles, tremendous opportunities exist if we act together, now, to integrate biodiversity measures into urban development plans and policies.
  • Our new webinar series, “Bringing Nature to Cities: Integrated Urban Solutions to Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change,” convenes decision-makers, experts, and practitioners from around the world to exchange knowledge and hasten collaboration.

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A green reboot for cities: Strategies for post-COVID growth

Around the world, cities have paid a high price for the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thousands of municipalities are facing increased pressures to provide essential services while simultaneously coping with dramatic revenue declines. The situation is particularly severe in emerging markets where resources are sparse. 

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eC2: Baseline Study on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for Vientiane and Pakxan Cities, LAO PDR.

Deadline:   29-Apr-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Bangladeshi villagers repair a vital flood-protecting embankment

The Government of Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (GoL), with financing from the World Banks International Development Association (IDA), is implementing the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (PDR) Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management (SEA DRM) Project with Additional Financing. The Project adopts a comprehensive approach to DRM through activities in target areas related to urban flood risk management, hydromet modernization and early warning systems, and financial preparedness.

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Tackling poor air quality: Lessons from three cities

How can countries grow their economies and keep air pollution in check at the same time? A shutterstock_1040255047new World Bank report explores that tricky question, looking at the kinds of policies and actions three leading cities have taken to tackle poor local air quality, providing lessons for other cities. As we mark World Cities Day on October 31, this research seems more timely than ever.

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eC2:  Consulting Service: Support the National Treasuries Cities Support Programme

Deadline:  29-Oct-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)world money small

South Africa has committed to increasing its renewable generation capacity to help fulfil its international climate change mitigation commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Currently, the majority of electricity generated by the South African electricity utility, Eskom, and sold on to inter alia, municipalities is coal based. The electricity landscape in South Africa is, however, changing – moving away from the single buyer model to accommodate other generators and buyers. To date, municipalities have not fully participated in the energy transition especially around decarbonizing the electricity sector.

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IFC TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling in Latin American Cities program

We are very pleased to inform you that today we launched an International Call for logo_ifcInnovation under the IFC TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling in Latin American Cities program.

Companies interested in joining the TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling program can apply from now until September 18, 2020.

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eC2: Quantifying the social and economic benefits of road safety interventions and guiding fragile cities on road safety interventions

Deadline: 17-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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This activity aims to show the benefits and costs of improvements in road safety in specific interventions in especially unsafe locations in Greater Freetown, dis-aggregated by sex, locations, type of mode, age, user-type, at minimum. The activities to be delivered by the firm is divided in the following tasks:

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In the pandemic, cities are scrambling to expand cycling infrastructure: Big Data can help

The coronavirus (COVID-19) and lockdown measures have created immense challenges co-cyclists-secretaria movilidad-bogotafor urban transport. But they also provide an opportunity for cities to rethink the future of mobility. Cycling, in particular, is enjoying renewed attention. This is not surprising, as biking offers many advantages that make it an attractive form of urban transport both during and after the pandemic: bicycles can ease the pressure on public transit systems, allow for easy social distancing, contribute to better public health, and reduce air pollution.

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Cities, crowding, and the coronavirus: Predicting contagion risk hotspots

Across the globe, well-functioning cities do one thing really well – they bring people sketchtogether. Social and economic interactions are the hallmark of city life, making people more productive and often creating a vibrant market for innovations by entrepreneurs and investors. No country can achieve significant economic growth without vibrant cities.

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eC2: Addressing Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation for Mass Transit Systems in Indonesian Cities

Deadline:  06-May-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) vn-communitybased-disasterrisk-780x439

This consultancy assignment will support preparation of technical resilience building guidelines and standards for a proposed Indonesia Mass Transit Program; build staff capacity in the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing; and support sub-national governments in Bandung and Medan as two selected pilot cities of the IMTP. There are two key components: (i) technical report for national-level resilient urban mobility infrastructure planning, design, and operations; (ii) resilient urban mobility diagnostics and investment options for Bandung and Medan to help inform IMTP investments to better withstand hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards, as well as better prepare local transport administrators and operators for disaster shocks.

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