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ICLEI member mayors awarded as “world’s best”
Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of ICLEI member Calgary (Canada) has been awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize. The Canadian leader who is described as an “urban visionary who doesn’t neglect the nitty-gritty of local government” was followed in second, third and fifth places, respectively, by ICLEI members Daniël Termont of Ghent (Belgium), Tri Rismaharini of Surabaya (Indonesia) and Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo (Philippines).
Tann vom Hove, Senior Fellow at the City Mayors Foundation, praised the Mayor of Ghent: “Daniël Termont is one of the most respected mayors in Europe. In addition to thousands of Ghent citizens, many of his peers from other cities have supported his nomination.”
For more information, visit the World Mayor website.
Hamburg to convert section of Autobahn into parks
The A7, one of Germany’s longest and busiest highways, will soon be brimming with playing children, frolicking dogs, and public chess tournaments, thanks to plans to convert the road into a series of parks.
In response to the continual increase in traffic noise and pollution coming from the highway through central Hamburg, the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment has decided to turn sections of it into covered tunnels. "Imagine that there now is a big, loud gap in the city, about 70 to 100 metres wide, with cars, dirt, noise, day in day out, 24-7-365," said Reinhard Schier from Hamburg's Ministry of Urban Development and Environment. "After the building is finished there will be parks, gardens, quietness, bird songs, and fresh air. And the parts of the city in the west and the east of the autobahn will be reunited again."
The plan contributes to Hamburg’s vision of a Green Network covering around 40 percent of the urban area into parks connected by trails. Construction is beginning this year on the first two phases, with the aim of completing the entire project in 2022.
For more information, visit the Fast Company website.
ICLEI members named greenest holiday destinations
Torres Vedras and Cascais (Portugal), along with Barcelona (Spain) have been placed in the 2014 Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100. Destinations were ranked across criterion of nature, environment, culture & tradition, social well-being, green economy and certified green tourism policy. Torres Vedras and Cascais were recognised for their inclusion in the QualityCoast awards, and Barcelona for its Biosphere Tourism 2014 certification.
Co-organisers Green Destination advised holidaymakers that a truly sustainable break requires: “choosing a destination that is accessible from your place of departure by train, bus, ferry or a short flight (and compensating the CO2 emission of your travel); choosing a destination making serious efforts for sustainability; avoiding destinations with self-claims on sustainability that cannot be proved; and picking accommodation with a low carbon footprint or an eco-label accreditation“.
For more information, visit the Green Destinations website.