Green and clean: How to make a citizen-friendly city

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Filed under: Development Environment

I recently attended an international conference on transit and development in my hometown of Almaty. The event attracted renowned urbanists and transportation planners from around the world who came to share their experiences and visions for sustainable urban development. I was particularly struck by the words of famed Colombian politician and urbanist Enrique Peñalosa. He introduced… Read more »

Climate change challenge: #ОдТебеЗависи

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Filed under: Climate change Environment Social innovation

Calling on all citizens to come up with smart and innovative proposals on how they can contribute to combating climate change  The impact of climate change is more and more evident at both global and national levels. Every country faces major challenges to achieve greater resilience to climate change, and fYR Macedonia is no exception.

Taking a deep dive in the Strumica River (data) Basin

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Filed under: Climate change Disaster response Environment Guest posts Social innovation

The Strumica River Basin is one of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. By 2020, water demands in the Strumica River Basin are expected to increase by 40 percent, while extreme weather events – such as floods and droughts – are also expected to become more frequent. To avoid… Read more »

Belarus: Prepping the SI-lab

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Human rights Social innovation

In last week’s blog post, I wrote about the hackathon idea, and how we’re planning it to use it in Belarus to kick off Shift week. We chose to explore three overarching themes: healthy lifestyles, environmental protection, and disability-friendly employment. We held an open call for ideas and out of the 20 applications received, nine seemed like… Read more »

Project snapshot: Georgia after the flood

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Filed under: Climate change Disaster response Environment

The Rioni River basin in Georgia is becoming more and more susceptible to extreme climate events. Floods, landslides, and mud torrents are increasing in both intensity and frequency, causing extensive damage to agriculture, forests, roads, and communications infrastructure. More than 10,000 hectares of agricultural land has fallen out of use in the past decade due to… Read more »