Consider the nation of Kiribati, an island nation with 110,000 residents spread out over 33 atolls and reef islands in the South Pacific. Within a century, the country could be underwater or “deterritorialized”. In response, Kiribati’s former President authorized in 2014 the purchase of 20 square kilometers of land on Fiji in case of a future mass relocation of Kiribati’s … [Read more...] about Why Coastal Cities Need a Blue Urban Agenda
Español | English Rapid and mostly disorganized urban growth has brought serious urban challenges for city managers in Latin America: citizen security, mobility, vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change, energy efficiency, water and waste management, citizen participation, broadband connectivity, among others. These challenges cannot be addressed individually; … [Read more...] about 6 benefits of becoming a Smart City
English| Spanish *This blog originally appeared on the IDB's Viva Sustainability blog on Monday, May 2, 2016 At the IDB we set ourselves the complex task of not only achieving a common agreement on what sustainable infrastructure entails, but making it a top development priority in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB’s Sustainable Infrastructure Strategy states that … [Read more...] about Sustainable Infrastructure: What’s next?
English | Español The city of Nassau is the capital and the largest city of The Bahamas. Over the past three decades, the country’s population rose by 81%, and it is precisely New Providence Island—home to the city of Nassau—the area that has experienced the largest population influx. The Greater Nassau Area offers a rich history, culture, and natural environment for the … [Read more...] about 5 steps towards a more sustainable Nassau
English | Español Infrastructure is at the core of livable, sustainable cities. Access to and quality of infrastructure services can determine how long our commute is; the size of a city’s carbon footprint; and even our odds of getting sick, to say the least. It has been well established among urban economists that the availability of sound infrastructure is necessary for … [Read more...] about Financing Urban Infrastructure in Emerging Cities: Betterment Levies