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Connective Cities
Newsletter - Edition No. 16, September 2017

Dear readers,

The summer break at Connective Cities has been filled with workshops in Turkey, Thailand and Indonesia. The first Dialogue Event between German and Turkish municipalities took place under the initiative “Municipal Know-How for Host Communities in the Middle East” and has confirmed continuous interest in cooperation of both countries.

Local Project Workshops in Chiang Mai and Jakarta were specifically geared towards conceptualization of concrete change projects inspired by experience of German cities, but adjusted to local conditions to contribute effectively to sustainable transformations in Southeast Asian metropolises.

The instrument of expert missions was successfully applied as well – a Tunisian city of Sfax sought an on-site advice on the topic of construction waste management.

Last but not the least, we carefully prepared for you a new Good Practice, featuring changes in urban life on the canals in Bangkok that were brought by converting existing canal paths into bicycle lanes.

We wish you an exciting reading,

Your Connective Cities Team

Review
Being Guest in Turkey
FIRST MUNICIPAL EXCHANGE ON THE TOPIC OF INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN TURKEY
CONNECTIVE CITIES PRACTITIONERS’ WORKSHOP IN IZMIT, KOCAELI / TURKEY, 04-06 JULY 2017

Under the initiative “Municipal Know-How for Host Communities in the Middle East”, Connective Cities together with the international association of cities and local governments UCLG-MEWA organized the first Dialogue Event in Turkey on the topic “From Waste to Resource – Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management (SWM) Solutions”. 34 municipal experts from Turkey and Germany took part in the workshop and exchanged their knowledge. Presentation of Good Practices, joint work on existing challenges in SWM as well as an informative excursion contributed to the development of initial project ideas aimed at enhancing municipal waste management.

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LOCAL PROJECT PLANNING WORKSHOP
SOLUTIONS FOR LOW CARBON MOBILITY AND TRANSIT-ORIENTED URBAN DEVELOPMENT
IMPRESSIONS FROM THE LOCAL PROJECT PLANNING WORKSHOP IN CHIANG MAI / THAILAND, 12-14 JULY 2017

Following last year’s dialogue event on the topic of sustainable mobility in Bangkok, the city of Chiang Mai has decided to take further steps for achieving some practical changes on its way towards sustainable mobility. During the workshop, local experts together with experts from Germany analyzed existing challenges in the areas of public transportation and non-motorized modes of transport, examined options for strengthening a Transit-Oriented Development strategy and elaborated solutions suitable for the local context of Chiang Mai.

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STARTING THE PATH TOWARDS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST NOMINATION
JOINT CONNECTIVE CITIES, UCLG AND UCLG-ASPAC LOCAL WORKSHOP IN JAKARTA / INDONESIA, 17-19 JULY 2017

Experts and municipal practitioners from Asia as well as from Germany gathered in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, to discuss concepts and strategies as well as define necessary steps for urban renewal on the example of Jakarta’s Old Town (Kota Tua). Additional focus of the event lied on the issue of nominating Kota Tua to be inscribed as a Historic City on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

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Documentations
STUDY TOUR AND PROJECT WORKSHOP ON SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
On March 27 – 31, 2017 in Germany
On March 27 – 31, 2017, Connective Cities organized a study tour to various cities in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany for representatives of Jordanian municipalities. The event took place in the framework of the initiative “Municipal Know-How for Host Communities in the Middle East” and was devoted to the topic of solid waste management. Due to the newly published video and report, now you have an opportunity to experience the study tour again as well as learn more about the Middle East initiative!
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DIALOGUE EVENT ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY
19 - 21 June, 2017 in Bremen, Germany
The event organized by Connective Cities in Bremen took place from 19th to 21st of June 2017 to specifically look into current challenges and solutions in the realm of urban mobility. Participants had a chance to become acquainted with Bremen's transport projects including its fleet of e-vehicles as well as cycling and climate resilient infrastructure. Read a report summarizing the proceedings and watch a video, providing insights on joint work of German and international experts during their 3-days exchange in Bremen.
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OUTLOOK
New Good Practice from Thailand
NEW LIFE OF CANALS IN BANGKOK
3C PROJECT IN BANGMOD ATTEMPTS TO TURN CANAL PATHS INTO CYCLING LANES

Being based on 3C: Canal – Cycling – Community, the project seeks to give a new meaning and re-use long-existing canal paths in Bangmod through creating infrastructure and attracting cyclists to the area. This is believed to contribute to the shift towards more sustainable mobility in Bangkok as well as bring benefits to the local community that still maintains its unique culture and lifestyle.

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PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Collection, sorting and reuse of construction waste
IMPRESSIONS FROM THE EXPERT MISSION to Sfax, Tunisia

The waste management expert Gabi Schock of the Stadtwerke Düsseldorf travelled to Sfax, Tunisia, as part of a Connective Cities expert mission to advise the city on the topic of collection, separation and processing of construction waste. 

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LEARNING FROM GOOD PRACTICES FOR MORE INCLUSIVE CITIES
CONNECTIVE CITIES SUPPORTS URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROACHES TO ACHIEVE INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

As part of the conference "The New Urban Agenda: Making sustainable urban development barrier-free and inclusive" that took place in Berlin on June 26th, Connective Cities presented possible approaches to the issue of inclusion in the sphere of urban mobility. Other participants presented Good Practices from Ecuador, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and Germany, trying to define an effective path towards inclusive cities. More about the event - in the article by our colleague Ingrid Roesner.

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Outlook
EVENTS AND MORE...
1st Connective Cities Dialogue Event in Eastern Europe on Sustainable Urban Mobility
October / location and date will be announced soon

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

The 1st Connective Cities' dialogue event in Eastern Europe is geared towards urban practitioners with interest and firsthand experience in sustainable urban mobility and climate change. As the focus of the workshop lies on the issue of reducing air pollution by climate-friendly means of urban transport, the experts will have an opportunity to discuss challenges of their cities in designing and financing resilient infrastructure projects as well as elaborate new solutions.
 

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1ST CONNECTIVE CITIES’ INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE EVENT IN LEBANON ON LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
24 – 26 OCTOBER IN BEIRUT, LEBANON

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

In the framework of the BMZ funded Programme “Municipal Know-How for Host Communities in the Middle East”, Connective Cities invites urban practitioners to its 1st International Dialogue Event in Lebanon on Strengthening Local Economic Development. The main objective of the event is to formulate ideas for local action plans to foster the local economy in Lebanese municipalities in view of needs of both, the host communities and the refugees.
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Practitioners’ Workshop on the topic of Sustainable Urban District Development
14-16 November in Amman, Jordan

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Connective Cities invites representatives of municipal companies and cities’ administrations to the practitioners’ workshop on the topic of Sustainable Urban District Development - Towards resilient and liveable urban district development. The upcoming workshop in planned in the framework of the initiative "Municipal Know-How for Host Communities in the Middle East" and pays specific attention to municipalities hosting refugees.
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CONNECTIVE CITIES DIALOGUE EVENT “CLIMATE PROTECTION THROUGH CIRCULAR WASTE MANAGEMENT”
27-29 NOVEMBER IN HAMBURG, GERMANY

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Connective Cities organizes, in cooperation with the Stadtreinigung Hamburg (Hamburg’s municipal waste company), an international dialogue event on the topic of “Climate protection through circular waste management”. The event will bring together experts from municipalities, municipal companies, science and civil society, having interest and experience in sustainable waste management as well as positive effects on climate it can deliver.
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Experts
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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