The Spanish Cities Network for the Climate brings together more than sixty cities that promote sustainable use of energy and resources. The network encourages local governments to adopt environmentally sound policies in transport, town planning, building, and waste management.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a resource management project is empowering indigenous people by involving them in the management of indigenous forests, so vital for water catchment, and clean air.
In China, we learn a valuable lesson on how to balance environmental, cultural and social values in the way Shanghai’s historic Qingpu neighbourhood has been upgraded.
Burundi is reintegrating, reconciling and empowering refugees and former exiles returning home.
Urban Poor Linkage, a community-based coalition in Indonesia is improving the lives of the urban poor, especially survivors of the Tsunami of 2004. The initiative helps people reconstruct their homes and rehabilitate the environment.
The Micro Gardens initiative in Dakar, Senegal promotes creative use of urban space for gardening. The results are enhanced food security, increased incomes and an improved environment.
From Durban, South Africa, the Marian Hill Landfill Conservancy has developed a state-of-the-art safe landfill. The low carbon waste, recycling system promotes sustainability by rehabilitating land and producing clean energy from waste.
In Colombia, a pilot relocation project has improved the living environment and rehabilitated the Juan Bobo river basin.
In Mexico, a social movement is protecting Balandra Bay from encroachment by private developers from the neighbouring urban area.
The Partnerships in Opportunities for Employment through Technology addresses the needs of disabled people in central and South America. Based in the United States, the programme supports training and employment in information technology.