Climate neutral urban development

For green, inclusive and socially just urban development

Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to urban green spaces proved to be an important source of recreation and stress reduction, contributing to the physical and mental health and well-being of urban residents. Rarely has the importance of accessible green space been more relevant than in times when social distancing became an important measure to fight the spread of the virus. As a result, voices grew louder to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a starting point for sustainable urban transformation. Post-COVID urban transformation plans offer the opportunity to prioritize aspects of green urban development to help reduce CO2 emissions and achieve our climate goals, as well as strengthen the multiple social, health, economic and environmental functions of urban green space. These functions include increasing urban biodiversity, strengthening resilience to future climate-related risks, and reducing the vulnerability of urban populations. Urban greenery has a positive impact on the health and well-being of residents from all social groups. New smart technologies and innovative solutions can support green infrastructure planning. Participatory open space planning and concepts such as urban gardening and the greater integration of accessible green spaces in densly populated cities offer opportunities to raise awareness of the importance of public open and green spaces. In addition, green investments create jobs and make an important contribution to improving urban economic performance.

Another area where the COVID-19 pandemic led to fundamental changes is urban mobility. In response to the pandemic, many governments imposed lockdown measures to limit circulation, which resulted in an unprecedented surge of non-motorized travel, including cycling and walking. As opposed to that, the usage of public transport plummeted due to the potential risk of contagion. Having experienced reduced traffic and improved air quality, the motivation to promote more sustainable urban mobility has grown among local governments. Investing in sustainable travel systems, including active mobility infrastructure, safer and more accessible public and low-emissions transport can have a range of urban environmental, economic and health benefits.

Municipal actors worldwide have found innovative solutions to promote green urban development and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The task now is to strengthen these initiatives and discuss existing approaches and develop new ones through a fruitful exchange of knowledge and expertise.

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News & events

News

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Save the date: Cooperative Climate Action – Municipal Policies from G7 to COP27

Save the date: Cooperative Climate Action – Municipal Policies from G7 to COP27

12.08.2022

Online event on October 5, 2022 State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth (BMZ)

Video: Pop-up bike lanes during the Pandemic

Video: Pop-up bike lanes during the Pandemic

27.06.2022

Good practices from Bogotá, Columbia, and Berlin, Germany

Green Urban Development: learning from inspiring examples of implementation

Green Urban Development: learning from inspiring examples of implementation

31.05.2022

A review of the Connective Cities COVID-19 program's working groups on Green Urban Development…

Connective Cities side-event at Africities Conference 2022

Connective Cities side-event at Africities Conference 2022

27.04.2022

Session on Risk Informed Urban Development on May 19, 2022.

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Good practices and learning experiences

Good practices

Scaling up cycling infrastructure in Lindau, Germany

04/05/2022

As cycling is becoming increasingly popular for leisure and as an alternative to using the car, municipalities have to…

 

Quito: not returning to the “old normal” after Covid-19

22/02/2022

In Quito, many people have started travelling by bike during the Covid-19 pandemic. This momentum has to be used to…

 

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Video: Pop-up bike lanes during the Pandemic

Video: Pop-up bike lanes during the Pandemic

27.06.2022

Good practices from Bogotá, Columbia, and Berlin, Germany

Waste Management in Vushtrri, Kosovo

Waste Management in Vushtrri, Kosovo

09.06.2021

An effective system even during the Pandemic

Streets for all – Glasgow's new avenues

Streets for all – Glasgow's new avenues

18.05.2021

More space for cyclists and a greener center in the Scottish capital

 

Reviews of virtual events

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Planning by doing - Tactical Urbanism during the COVID-19 pandemic

Planning by doing - Tactical Urbanism during the COVID-19 pandemic

28.02.2022

Review of the Insight Session on 16 February 2022

Southeast European (SEE) Regional Network continues exchange on recovery methods and practices

Southeast European (SEE) Regional Network continues exchange on recovery methods and practices

07.01.2022

Review of Network Events held under Covid-19 Program in November and December of 2021 in SEE

Support for more bike lanes in cities

Support for more bike lanes in cities

04.10.2021

Review of the Insight Session "Pop-up bike lanes" on 8 September 2021

Climate proof urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Climate proof urban development in Sub-Saharan Africa

01.09.2021

Review of the virtual meeting of the working group on climate change/climate-proof urban development…

 
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