How to spend $100 billion effectively?

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Developing countries are most vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change. It is therefore of utmost importance to empower these countries to cope with the loss and damage already happening as a consequence of climate change. However, next to these necessary adaptation measures it is also important to mention, that the Global South can accelerate the economic development along a green trajectory while reducing poverty through the development of renewable energies. This has to be taken into account when discussing the design of newly emerging international funding mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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November 12, 2013   No Comments

Should new cities be built on greenfields?

Quick poll: Do you feel that new cities should be built on “greenfields” (i.e. previously undeveloped land)?

Entering Lilongwe / Credit: algreen

Entering Lilongwe / Credit: algreen

  • Yes of course
  • Absolutely not
  • It depends
  • I have no idea

I live in the city of Lilongwe, Malawi. Malawi has four cities of which two (Blantyre and Lilongwe) are the biggest. Lilongwe is the capital city and Blantyre is the commercial city.

The City of Lilongwe has a population of about 674,448 with an annual growth rate of 4.3 percent, while the City of Blantyre has a population of 661,144 with an annual growth rate of 2.8.

Both the Lilongwe and Blantyre City Councils are responsible for all planning and development control functions in their respective cities through the Planning and Development Departments.

The land use plans, policy and related legal documents provide guidance and strategies in the development and management of the cities in addressing the rapid urbanization and development challenges.

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August 13, 2013   No Comments

Climate Change, poverty and Energy – is renewable energy the solution for Africa?

Energy plays a vital role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals through its ability to stimulate economic growth, generate employment, advance educational opportunities, and improve general health and well being. But at the same time, the energy sector is one of the major emitters of Green House Gases (GHG) and consequently a main contributor to climate change. It is estimated that approximately 60 per cent of total current GHG emissions are from the energy sector globally.logo

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August 5, 2013   1 Comment