Publications | ELLA
21
Sep
2015
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Monitoring the Climate Change Impacts of Urban Agriculture in Rosario, Argentina

This paper, Monitoring the Climate Change Impacts of Urban Agriculture in Rosario, Argentina, examines the city’s urban agriculture programme, the contribution of green areas to reducing the Urban Heat Island, the transportation and conservation of food and the effects of UPA on run-off and infiltration of storm water.

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23
Oct
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

ELLA City-level Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Materials now available in Spanish

We are pleased to announce that the Guide and Briefs on this theme have been translated into Spanish and are now available on the website.

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5
Aug
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Adaptation to Climate Change in Megacities of Latin America

This publication from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean aims to document current urban climate change adaptation practice in Latin America by summarising the three workshops of the ClimateAdaptationSantiago project (CAS).

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17
Jul
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Mega-Cities & Infrastructure in Latin America: What its People Think

In late 2013, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) conducted a multisectoral public opinion survey in five Latin American cities to better understand the way citizens perceive the quality of life, the needs of urban infrastructure and the standards of public services.

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27
May
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 1: City Level Climate Change Plans and Policies

Based on interviews with experts from Quito and Mexico City regarding their experiences with city level climate change planning, practitioners from Africa, Latin America and Asia discussed local realities, and considered means of enhancing urban climate plans and policies.

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27
May
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 2: Climate Vulnerability and Risk Assessments at the City Level

Two Brazilian experts involved in climate vulnerability and risk mapping showed participants how such exercises have been carried out in large cities in the country, and why they are so important. Practitioners from Africa, Asia and Latin America discussed whether risk mapping has been carried out in their cities, whether there has been a climate focus and the challenges that need to be overcome for mapping to be more effective.

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27
May
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 3: Integrating Climate Considerations into Urban Land-Use Planning

Interviews with experts from Montevideo, Uruguay and Cartagena, Colombia provided details of how climate change considerations have been successful integrated into urban land-use planning. Practitioners from Africa, Asia and Latin America discussed how these and other methods might be adopted in their respective cities.

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27
May
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 4: Urban Disaster Risk Reduction

This online discussion brought together a range of African, Asian and Latin American experts to debate urban climate disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies, and analyse the importance of political and financial support in effectively reducing climate risk.

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27
May
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 5: Early Warning Systems

Based on case studies of Brazilian, Colombian and Bolivian experiences with early warning systems (EWS) for sudden-onset extreme weather events in urban areas, experts from Africa, Latin America and Asia examined how EWS may be enhanced in their cities.

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27
May
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 6: Community Involvement and Capacity Building for DRR

Based upon successful example of community participation in urban DRR in Latin America, experts from Africa and Asia discussed existing practices in their cities and how community involvement might be enhanced.

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27
May
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 7: Improving Infrastructure for Climate Resilience in Cities

Experts from Africa, Asia and Latin America discussed infrastructural weakness in cities that are exacerbated by climate change, considered the causes for such weaknesses and possible means of overcoming these. Examples of successful programmes related to energy, housing, waste management and water management in Latin American cities were shared with Learning Alliance participants.

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27
May
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 8: Climate Resilient Buildings and Urban Upgrading

This discussion encouraged participants to share examples of laws, programmes and projects that have improved the resilience of commercial and residential buildings to climate change. In particular, participants discussed the concept of green building, urban upgrading in informal settlements and green roofing.

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27
May
2014
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHT

ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities - Discussion 9: Low Carbon Development Strategies

Based on successful Latin American practices in low-carbon transport, energy efficiency and waste management, experts from Africa, Asia and Latin America discussed the current state low carbon development strategies in their cities, and the need for further actions.

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8
Apr
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean

This new FAO report – in English and Spanish – looks at the progress that has been made toward realising 'greener cities' in which urban and peri-urban agriculture is recognised by public policy and included in urban development strategies and land-use planning. It is based on the results of a survey in 23 countries and data on 110 cities and municipalities.

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30
Mar
2014
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Introducing the Cities Footprint Project

The City Footprints project focuses on assessing the carbon and water footprints of each municipal government and of each participating city, and on promoting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and water management measures that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation respectively.

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22
Jan
2014
SPOTLIGHT ON KNOWLEDGE

Spotlight on Publications: City-level Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

The publications presented in this Spotlight cover some of the key issues related to city-level climate change mitigation and adaptation in Latin America, with a particular focus on: the prominent role of cities in Latin America; city-level climate mitigation and adaptation in Latin America; greenhouse gas inventories; waste; transportation; disaster preparedness; health; and poverty.

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9
Jan
2014
SPOTLIGHT ON ORGANISATIONS

Spotlight on Organisations: City-level Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

This Spotlight presents an overview of some of the most important organisations supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation in Latin American cities.

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19
Dec
2013
GUIDE

City-level Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Latin American cities are under increasing pressure from rapid urbanisation, while current impacts and potential threats from climate change are further exposing municipal vulnerabilities. City planners are responding to these twin pressures with innovations in climate-related policies and are making big strides in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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21
Nov
2013
BRIEFS

Rio de Janeiro City’s Early Warning System for Heavy Rain

The city of Rio de Janeiro has developed a highly efficient early warning system (EWS) that is having an impressive impact after just three years in operation. The measures employed are innovative, inclusive and non-resource intensive, and are thus highly applicable to cities in other developing regions.

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6
Sep
2013
BRIEFS

Capitalising on Public Transport: Reducing GHG Emissions in Latin American Cities

Energy efficient modes of transport - like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, bicycles and electric taxis - are providing an effective means for reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions in Latin American cities.

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14
Jun
2013
BRIEFS

Turning Waste Into Resources: Latin America’s Waste-to-Energy Landfills

Waste management is typically viewed as a resource intensive activity. Yet some urban areas in Latin America have managed to turn this idea on its head by converting waste into energy and profit.

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26
Apr
2013
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

Linkages Between Population Dynamics, Urbanization Processes and Disaster Risks: A Regional Vision of Latin America

This report from UNISDR responds to growing concerns about the higher incidences and impacts of disasters on the population and economy in urban areas of the region. Governments in Latin America and the international community have increased efforts to create forward-looking, corrective and prospective risk management strategies.

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4
Mar
2013
BRIEFS

City-level Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: The Case of Quito, Ecuador

The City of Quito is successfully mainstreaming innovative adaptation practices into development planning under a participative management platform. So how has it been possible to push forward these reforms?

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