Mobilising for low-carbon mobility: Mexico City’s new transport law

Metrobus Centro Historico

Transportation accounted for a whopping 41% of Mexico City’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2009, more than double the share in the rest of the country and far more than the 15% share globally. This was largely due to a high rate of motor vehicles per capita, congestion, low public transport mode share, and inadequate fuel standards. A new City law aims to solve this now.

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September 16, 2014   No Comments

Climate Change and food security: How Belo Horizonte is killing two birds with one stone

Malnutrition

There are 842 million undernourished people in the world today who do not have access to sufficient quantities of healthy food. The impacts of climate change threaten to significantly increase the number of people at risk of hunger and malnutrition over the next decades. The effect of a changing climate on food production is intuitive: Warming temperatures, floods, droughts and pestilence are already devastating harvests in many parts of the world. Volatile and unreliable food production leads to famine, migration and war. Modern agriculture’s impact on the climate is obvious as well: Production and distribution of food within a globalized economy account for high CO2 emissions because of energy intensive farming systems and long transportation routes. [Read more →]

September 13, 2014   No Comments

Decentralized spatial planning in Indonesia

Jakarta city landmark. Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Jerry Kurniawan / World Bank

Indonesia is a predominantly urban country. Metropolitan Jakarta will be home to 11 million people by 2020.

This is the last in a six-part series featuring case studies that illustrate what regenerative urban development looks like in practice.

Successful implementation of regenerative urban development requires national governments to give local levels the authority to plan development of their constituencies that is suited to local conditions and the resources to realise the plans. The case study of Indonesia demonstrates the importance of coherence between national and local policies in order to connect policy making and implementation.

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June 26, 2014   1 Comment