BBC Media Action’s research found that many people still weren’t doing anything in response to environmental changes. Inaction stemmed from the fact that people didn’t know what to do, didn’t think they had enough money to do anything or felt they needed help from the government to do something. This state of affairs is unlikely to stay sustainable if the environmental situation becomes increasingly unforgiving.
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Ideas from Diponegoro University students about sustainable riverfront settlement in Banjir Kanal Timur, Semarang
On 14 June 2017, ACCCRN had the opportunity to visit the urban planning exhibition at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Diponegoro University. In this semester, the third year undergraduate students are focusing on designing Banjir Kanal Timur (east flood canal) as sustainable waterfront settlement based on the problems findings in the area. At a length of 14.5 km and with an average width of 35 meters, the river crosses seven districts in the city. As part of their urban design studio course, the students are divided into groups to focus on eight segments of the river.
To apply a resilience lens to strategy development or long-term program design Mercy Corps uses a Strategic Resilience Assessment (STRESS) methodology that helps program teams, practitioners and other relevant stakeholders build an understanding of the dynamic social, ecological and economic systems in which communities are embedded.
Surat, with almost 5 million population known for its diamond traders and active nightlife, is the first city in India to prepare a strategy document setting 7 Pillars; 20 Goals and 63 Initiatives. Out of which 4 such Initiatives were chosen for the Academy workshop where more than 40 experts in the field of urban transport, water management, river conservation etc. came together and shared their thoughts on these subjects and came up with some meaningful solutions to make the city resilient.
ACCCRN has commissioned a series of scoping studies supported by our collaborating partner, the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation programme (ESPA). Taking in perspectives from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam, they give insights into how evidence is used (or not) in urban decision-making in the context of ecosystems hazards and degradation happening as cities expand into their broader surroundings.