Connective Cities
Newsletter - Edition No. 15, June 2017

Dear readers,

Connective Cities’ dialogue events and workshops create a solid basis for local changes in cities, but there is still a long journey until ideas for projects are actually implemented. The project partnership between the Hanseatic City of Rostock and the City of Bizerte in Tunisia, that are now cooperating on a concrete waste management project, shows how Connective Cities supports municipalities on the way from developing an idea to implementing the project.

Another journey that we would like to highlight starts in Cape Town and, as a new Good Practice, provides an opportunity to take a look on “The other side of the fence” - to learn how informal settlements can take the path towards sustainable development through re-thinking their relationships with nature.

To encourage the “first steps”, Connective Cities is organising several workshops for urban practitioners during summer and autumn. We believe that the cumulative effect of these events will further enable concrete changes to take place in cities.

We wish you an exciting reading,

Your Connective Cities Team 

Being guest in Bremen
Sustainable urban mobility
Connective Cities dialogue event from 19th to 21st June 2017 in Bremen, Germany

In cooperation with the City of Bremen and the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Connective Cities brought together German and international urban mobility practitioners from Brazil, Lithuania, Macedonia, Namibia, South Africa and Thailand to present their local projects, exchange experiences and discuss their urban mobility challenges. 25 municipal experts had the chance to visit local mobility projects in Bremen as well as to develop joint project ideas to address their local mobility issues. These elaborated ideas will now be further supported by Connective Cities.

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Initiating change processes
Rostock and Bizerte intensify cooperation in waste management
The cities benefit from the exchange of experiences via Connective Cities and concretise their joint project

The Hanseatic City of Rostock and the Tunisian city of Bizerte established their cooperation in 2015. Connective Cities supported both cities in defining concrete projects for their collaboration - within the framework of the international dialogue on municipal waste management in Rostock, the city of Bizerte presented the state of its waste management planning. Together with Rostock and other international experts Bizerte developed a project idea of introducing composting in the Tunisian harbour city. This cooperation shows how Connected Cities supports municipalities on the way from project ideas to their implementation on local level.

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"The Other Side of the Fence"
Connecting people and nature – an example from Cape Town

Since 2012 the city of Cape Town in cooperation with civil society has been running a project aimed on connecting the informal settlement of Village Heights with the adjacent “False Bay Nature Reserve”. So far the initiative has proven to bring various benefits to the local community – from improving the surrounding environment to alleviating poverty and cultivating a sense of pride within the community. Connective Cities shares this good practice with an especial feeling of compassion due to its human scale and authenticity, and provides you with an opportunity to have a rare look into the everyday life of local people through publishing, in addition to the general description of the project, a touching report of one of the Village Heights’ volunteers.

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Events and more
Solutions in the realm of municipal waste management
4 – 6 July 2017 in Kocaeli, Turkey
Connective Cities for a first time organizes an event in Turkey. The aim of the workshop is to develop jointly integrated approaches and solutions in the realm of municipal waste management. Along with the exchange of good practices, the challenges of municipalities hosting Syrian refugees will be discussed.
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Workshop on commitment of municipal companies
6th July 2017 in Berlin, Germany
To reflect on experiences, opportunities and challenges faced by municipal companies in their commitment to development policy, Connective Cities together with the German Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU) organize a workshop in Berlin. During this event municipal companies will have an opportunity to establish contacts with municipal partners and learn more about possible support options and strategies for a long-term engagement.
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International exchange on financing of municipal services
18 – 20 September 2017 in Cologne, Germany

The international Dialogue Event in Cologne will bring together experts from municipal companies, administration and civil society from such diverse countries as Germany, China and Brazil - to name a few. The ultimate goal is to define through experience exchange some innovative approaches that can help to ensure sustainability of financing of municipal sanitation services.

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Finding experts - registering as an expert
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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13 June 2017

Amsterdam mobilizes for a clean, prosperous, sustainable future

Amsterdam’s sustainability vision integrates economic and social aims with environmental and climate goals.

02 June 2017

Naga City gears up to develop its 30-year Sustainable Urban Development Plan

About 30 participants representing the local government, academe, and youth joined the workshop which employed “Design Thinking".

Recommended reading

Greening Africa's Cities

Enhancing the Relationship between Urbanization, Environmental Assets, and Ecosystem ServicesRoland White, Jane Turpie, Gwyneth Letley, World Bank

Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures

UN-Habitat World Cities Report 2016

Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Report of the UN Secretary-General UNSG

Global Trends 2017

Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of the SDGsUNDP, UNRISD


08 September 2017

4th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference

Building or Rebuilding Cities for Growth

19 - 21 October 2017

International Cycling Conference 2017

Bridging the gap between research and practiceOrganized by: Umweltbundesamt together with DIFU, ECF, GIZ and the City of Mannheim

06 - 17 November 2017

Unlocking partnerships for climate action

COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference will be convened in Bonn, Germany under the presidency of the Fiji government.

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