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Planners endorse city climate publication

Women Assembly in Quito

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) last week in Quito became the latest of 46 partners to endorse the “Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning”, launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and partners at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (COP-21). On 17 October 2016, UN-Habitat, ISOCARP and other endorsing partners launched the Spanish translation of the ...

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Dissatisfaction, as Quito Habitat III summit closes

Owen Gaffney

The New Urban Agenda has failed to capture the urgency needed to meet the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to cities, said scientists on the final day of the United Nations Habitat III summit in Quito, Ecuador, which attracted over 40,000 people. “There are one billion poor, many of who live in the one million ...

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Why we’re demolishing shanties, illegal structures, by Lagos government

Steve Ayorinde

Lagos State Government on Tuesday clarified its decision to demolish illegal structures and shanties erected along the river banks and under high tension cables across the state, citing security concerns and flagrant abuse of its building regulations as its core reasons. Addressing journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said that ...

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More investment required for urban resilience

Hurricane Matthew

Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the four billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion today, and climate change may push up to ...

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Flooding identified a major cause of Lagosians’ concern

After crime, flooding has been identified as the next concern of most residents of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital city. According to the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR-Lagos), a project being undertaken by the International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change (IRIACC), flooding in Lagos is a city-wide phenomenon that is neither restricted to a particular part of the state ...

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UN to enhance airports’ contributions to sustainable development

Dr. Fang Liu

The critical contributions made by airports to the sustainable socio-economic development of urban areas are to be enhanced through a new agreement made by the United Nations via two of its organisations: International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Initialled on Wednesday in Montreal, Canada at the ICAO’s World Aviation Forum by ICAO Secretary ...

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Book review: How Nigerians can participate in physical planning

Yacoob Abiodun

Toyin Ayinde, former Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning & Urban Development, in a review of “The Citizen’s Guide to Planning in Nigeria: How to get your voice heard” written by urban planner Yacoob Abiodun, says the book should be read because the author has bravely attempted to bring the awareness of planning afore to those who hitherto had very ...

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Legacy flays demolition of 161-year-old Lagos monument


Lagos-based historical and environmental interest group, Legacy, has kicked against the demolition a week ago of Olaiya House (or “Ilojo Bar”), which was in 1956 declared a national monument by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM). Located on 6, Alli and 2 Bamgbose Streets, CMS on the Lagos Island, the structure, which overlooked the Tinubu Square, was built ...

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NAMA funding secured for Colombia transit-oriented development


An innovative Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in Colombia that integrates transport and land-use planning at the local level can now move to implementation following a 14.7 million euro grant from the NAMA Facility. The Colombia Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA is designed to promote better-planned, walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods, to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and also reduce household transportation costs, expand ...

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New Regional Master Plan for Ikorodu underway


The upgrade of Ikorodu township, a rapidly expanding settlement in Lagos State, to a contemporary eco-city development is in top gear as the government’s consultant has unveiled a new and ambitious programme to review the city’s spatial dynamics. The coming master plan hopes to cover a period of 20 years from 2016 to 2036. So far, the State’s Ministry of ...

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