Connective Cities
NEWSLETTER - EDITION No. 31, Mai 2020

Dear Readers,

A more climate-friendly urban development is one of our current priorities. Now the Corona pandemic has emerged. Some parallels can be seen here: Climate change and the virus are only indirectly visible through the damage they cause. And neither stops at national borders. Both phenomena are new for living humanity. It is not possible to fall back on past experience and well-established routines. To mitigate the consequences, in both cases solidarity-based and locally coordinated responses and more intensive cooperation are indispensable - at the level of urban districts, at the municipal, national and global level.

Cities and municipalities are already pioneers in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Disease control and urban planning have always been closely linked historically and will be even more so in the future. In order not to lose too much time, we have also adapted to the new circumstances and, with a spirit of experimentation, have transformed our planning workshop in Latin America, our exchange of experts for city associations, several bilateral expert consultations and our dialogue event in Southeast Europe/Caucasus on climate-friendly urban development into innovative learning journeys. During asynchronous and synchronous workshops you will become familiar with digital tools, methods and the way of thinking Design Thinking and will be able to participate in collegial exchange formats about the vision of a climate-friendly "post-corona city".

Our dialogue event "Asset Management for the Optimization of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure" will now take place - presumably as a face-to-face event - at the end of November/beginning of December in Hamburg.

In addition, Connective Cities is organising two virtual workshops on 15 June as part of the German-Turkish town twinning conference on the subject of digitisation and integrated urban development.
Further events are planned in Germany Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region. We will inform you about them soon on our website and in the next issue of this newsletter.

Looking forward to a good exchange

Your Connective Cities team

Insights
Climate Resilience and Urban Development
Good practices of Latin American cities - Regional dialogue event from 26 to 18 November 2019

Many Latin American cities are pioneers in implementing environmental measures and adapting to the effects of climate change. The good practices were discussed at our dialogue event, which took place in Niteroi, Brazil, from 26 to 28 November 2019. The publication is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

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Climate just and climate proof urban development
DETAILED EVENT DOCUMENTATION

While climate change is a global challenge, adapting to its impacts is mainly a local task. In September 2019, 30 municipal practitioners from 12 international cities convened in Dortmund and used their collective expertise to develop six project ideas for municipalities to meet the challenges they face.

 

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Outlook
Climate Resilient Urban Development in South East Europe and the Caucasus region
CONNECTIVE CITIES VIRTUAL DIALOGUE EVENT FROM 08. TO 19. JUNE 2020

The Southeast European region is also strongly affected by the growing trend of urbanisation as well as climate change. This is now being accompanied by the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, and municipalities must adapt more than ever to more agile ways of working for future crisis responses. Against this background, the international city platform Connective Cities is organizing a two-week innovative virtual exchange of experiences.

 

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[Translate to English:] Climate-proof and Resilient Urban Development
CONNECTIVE CITIES VIRTUAL WORKSHOP IN LATIN AMERICA: PROJECT PLANNING OF MUNICIPAL CLIMATE ADAPTATION MEASURES FROM 15 TO 26 JUNE 2020

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Connective Cities invites municipal practitioners from Latin America and Germany to participate in the virtual planning workshop. With this call we are looking for regional urban practitioners who can support and advance five project ideas with their expertise in the virtual project planning workshop.

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Asset Management to Optimize Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
CONNECTIVE CITIES DIALOGUE EVENT FROM 30 NOVEMBER TO 02 DECEMBER 2020 IN HAMBURG, GERMANY

Call for participants: The event is geared towards German and international actors working on various aspects of asset management to maintain and optimise water and wastewater infrastructure. The thematic focus is on strategic asset management, operative asset management, life cycle analysis, and documentation for the maintenance of water and wastewater infrastructure.

 

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International expert exchange through new virtual formats
An outlook for our Connective Cities International Community of Practice in Germany

Connective Cities is planning further events in Germany, ranging from virtual expert exchanges, stakeholder meetings and dialogue events to face-to-face events early next year - a brief outlook.

 

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Regional Events and Networks – what’s next?
A virtual network as a long-term and sustainable knowledge exchange platform

The mobilisation of municipal urban experts/practitioners can only thrive through stronger networking with different stakeholders worldwide as well as with other regional expert networks ("Communities of Practice"). A virtual network will soon be established by Connective Cities as a long-term and sustainable knowledge exchange platform for urban practitioners and experts.

 

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Connect
Experts
Finding experts - registering as an expert

[Translate to English:] The expert database of the Connective Cities web portal facilitates networking of municipal professionals from Germany and other countries worldwide, interested in a global exchange of their expertise. 

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Good Practices
Practical examples from experts for experts

Benefit from our constantly growing collection of successful projects for sustainable urban development, through using it as an inspiration and learning from the experience of practitioners.

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Media Centre

NEWS

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Migrants’ contribution to the COVID-19 response

[Translate to English:] Examples of reforms, new initiatives and campaigns of migrants collected by ODI

24.04.2020

UN-Habitat COVID-19 Response Plan and Campaign

UN-Habitat launches COVID-19 Response Plan and Campaign targeting the world’s most vulnerable communities

11.05.2020

Climate Solutions for African Cities

An interactive poster with a vision of a resilient African city by ICLEI-Africa

14.04.2020

culture 21 - #CULTUREcovid19

The cultural mobilization of cities and local governments in the COVID-19 crisis.

PUBLICATIONS

UN-Habitat COVID-19 Response Plan

2020 - Leveraging experience, expertise and partnerships to deliver solutions

Dealing with the Corona Virus

2020 - Sharing the Experience of German Local Public Utilities in the Water, Energy, and Waste Sector | VKU

COVID-19 in informal urban settlements

2020 - Social Science in Humanitarian Action

EVENTS

26.05.2020 - 26.05.2020 // online

TUMI Live Conference to Fight Corona in Transport

Giving a voice to those who curtail the mobility crisis.

24.06.2020 - 27.06.2020 // Augsburg, Germany

The Green Cities Conference 2020

Business, Engineering, Art, Architecture, Design, Political Science, International Relations, Applied Science & Technology

14.09.2020 - 15.09.2020 // Berlin, Germany

Water in the city

Approaches for climate-adapted neighbourhoods. | DIFU

 
 
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