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Copenhagen receives Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation
ICLEI Member Copenhagen (Denmark) was announced as one of the five winners of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation at a recent ceremony hosted in the Chinese city. Copenhagen was recognised for its Climate Resilient Neighbourhood project which aims to address challenges related to social housing, unemployment and low living standards for the 24,000 residents in the Saint Kjelds district. This is partly achieved through neighbourhood resilience measures, such as sustainable stormwater management, urban green space, and neighbourhood branding projects.
Fellow ICLEI Member La Paz (Bolivia) was awarded for their road safety awareness-raising initiative, the La Paz Zebras Citizen Culture project. As part of the project, vulnerable youth were invited to become paid civic educators stationed at zebra pedestrian crossings. Here, they encouraged both drivers and pedestrians to obey traffic signs and rules.
Among the 15 finalists for the awards were ICLEI Members Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium), Tampere (Finland), and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
For more information, visit the awards website.
To combat air pollution, Paris temporarily makes public transport free
ICLEI Member Paris (France) implemented bold measures to improve urban air quality this December, temporarily making public transport in the city free to encourage people not to use their cars. The move came in response to a severe spike in air pollution, largely caused by vehicle emissions.
Authorities implemented a system whereby only drivers with number plates ending in an odd or even number could enter the city, alternating by day. Hybrid and electric vehicles as well as those carrying three or more people were allowed to use the roads. Foreign and emergency vehicles were unaffected.
At the Mayors Summit 2016 in Mexico, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was one of four mega-city mayors that pledged to ban all diesel vehicles from their streets by 2025 to improve the quality of air for citizens.
For more information, visit eltis.org.
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Bristol launches resilience strategy
Bristol (United Kingdom) launched its Resilience Strategy on 12 December 2016, providing a framework to protect the city against potential future shocks and pressures. Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Resilience speaks to everything that we do and this strategy will help us, our partners and the community to develop a strong plan for our shared future.”
The strategy aims to build on the work already being done to make the city socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. Bristol is a partner city of Smart Mature Resilience (SMR), a multi-disciplinary research project working for more resilient cities in Europe.
As part of SMR, Bristol has supported Donostia/San Sebastián, ICLEI and project scientists in co-developing the Resilience Maturity Model, which enables cities to self-assess its resilience status and provides a roadmap for city resilience development, and a new Resilience Information Portal. Both tools are already online and freely available for cities to download and use.
For more information, visit smr-project.eu/bristol.
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