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Goree Island Composting Project, Dakar

goree1This project is transforming micro-gardening in the district through the repair and redesign of an unused system of sorting and composting. The project includes all levels of participants in households, schools, public institutions and commercial infrastructure. It is a partnership with the municipality and a local NGO partner, Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine (IAGU).

Using community surveys, much effort was made at the outset of this project to understand the perceptions and needs of the public related to micro-gardening and composting. Outreach activities also played a key role in preparing the community through information sessions and public meetings. Through these activities a full appreciation of the needs and potential outcomes of the project developed.

Training in waste separation has involved approximately 150 of the 200 households on Goree Island.

Dakar Municipal Nursery and Vegetable Gardens Project

dakar gardenThe goals of this municipal nursery are to provide training in nursery techniques and micro gardening to unemployed youth and women in the neighbourhood, render the neighbourhood/city more aesthetically pleasing, and grow plants with which to green the city, thereby increasing air quality and providing sound and heat control. The nursery is intended to improve the city landscape while at the same time provide both plants and seeds for sale. Hardy species that can survive under difficult conditions being exacerbated by climate change, such as those with drought tolerance, make up the inventory of the nursery. The project is also undertaking site preparation activities such as waste cleanup and basic irrigation provision. The entire project is being managed by a committee of city and municipal staff but predominantly public representatives in the municipality in which the nursery is located.

Durban Informal Recylers Project

durban recyclingIn Durban South Africa, Sustainable Cities International has been funding demonstration projects to pilot ideas which enhance the sustainability and livability of the city. Asiye eTafuleni, a local NGO, works with informal recyclers in the inner city to promote their legitimacy and build dignity. They do this by facilitating organization of the recyclers, designing carts to facilitate the collection of recyclables, giving recyclers uniforms to improve their presentation, and running a Friends of the Recyclers Program which aims to improve the relationship between the recyclers and local businesses. The project has been successful in increasing the recyclers' weekly income, improving co-operation among recyclers, and lifting their ability to interact with other members of the public. In the next phase of the project, Asiye eTafuleni will be working with the recyclers to identify public space issues and designing creative infrastructure solutions to help integrate the informal recyclers into the city.

Dar es Salaam Community-Based Waste Management

dar wasteMore than 70 percent of Dar es Salaam's residents live in unplanned settlements. Waste collection in these areas is difficult and many residents simply burn their household garbage or dump it along roadsides or rivers. However, much of the household waste in unplanned areas is collected by small-scale community-based organizations. These groups consist mainly of youth who collect waste by push cart. More than half of the household waste produced in Dar is organic, so there is a largely untapped resource being trucked to the dump every day. This waste has the potential to be turned into high quality compost that can be sold locally to Dar's urban farming community.

Cities Planning for Long-term Sustainability (citiesPLUS)

In 2002-3, nine cities from Canada, Japan, Russia, Germany, India, Argentina, China and the USA/Mexico, participated in a unique international design competition to develop 100–year plans that would lead to urban sustainability. Sponsored by the International Gas Union (IGU), the competition was inspired by the need to encourage cities to consider the transition from an economy based on fossil fuels to one based on alternative energy sources.

Habitat JAM

In preparation for the World Urban Forum (WUF), the Government of Canada, IBM and UN HABITAT sponsored a unique web based consultation. The three day event involved over 39,000 participants from all over the world, of whom over 70% were youth, grassroots women and slum dwellers who provided input to the WUF Agenda and generated dialogue about how to move from ideas to action. Following the JAM, SCI analysed over 4000 pages of transcripts from the on-line dialogue and identified some of the best "actionable ideas", and produced a book that was provided to all 10,000 WUF3 participants.

Centering Women in Reconstruction and Governance

women governanceThis project began when one of the communities that SCI was working with as part of an urban greening project was wiped out during the 2006 tsunami. Fortunately, no lives were lost, but the entire settlement's houses were gone. SCI leveraged individual donations into a CIDA-funded reconstruction project to ensure that women had a say in the reconstruction of their communities, and improve municipal governance in two tsunami affected cities, Moratuwa and Matara. The project mobilized local women to participate in decision making about their communities and reconstruction, training them in various livelihood skills, particularly those such as urban greening that enhance the environment, and building networks of women sharing their experiences in post disaster reconstruction.

Empowering Women in Post Disaster Reconstruction in Turkey

turkey3Following the Marmara earthquake in 1999, SCI worked with the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (FSWW), to strengthen their efforts at bringing women into the decision-making process in the reconstruction of their communities. The project also involved a grassroots exchange between Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), an Indian NGO that implemented a similar project after the earthquake in India 2 years prior. These two NGOs subsequently formed a UN type II partnership on community resilience to disasters, and worked together in providing disaster relief during the 2001 Gujerat earthquake.

Local Government Support Program - Central Europe (LGSP-CE)

The LGSP-CE project increased the effectiveness of sub–national reforms towards the development of capable and efficient local government and their associations in the Visegrád countries. This included strengthening municipal capabilities to assume greater responsibilities for service delivery, revenue generation, and financing, strengthening municipal associations in the Visegrad countries that are capable of negotiating with the national government, and establishing processes for involving stakeholders and citizens in local government decision-making. It also fostered cooperation and skills-sharing across the region and among partners.

Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Shandong Province

Sustainable Cities brought together a consortium of experts from Canada and China to design two demonstration projects, one in Qingdao on Pingdu Road in the Zhongshan Road Neighbourhood and the other on the campus of the Shandong Institute of Architects and Engineers in Jinan.

The Qingdao project involved the design and rehabilitation of a residential courtyard. The project included the specification of appropriate energy efficiency measures and technology, the development of a software package in Chinese for modeling energy impacts of different design options and provided training workshops on the design of green buildings for architects, engineers, construction managers and planners.

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