Connective Cities
Newsletter - Edition No. 17, November 2017

Dear readers,

Once again, exciting workshops and dialogue events have kept the Connective Cities team busy in recent months. For the first time, in the framework of the Municipal Know-How for Host Communities in the Middle East programme, a workshop for local practitioners in Lebanon was organized, which dealt with issues of local economic development.
Moreover, a delegation of experts from Germany and South Africa visited Nairobi to support a project on strengthening the informal sector for the collection, sorting and treatment of municipal waste.
Organising a side-event at the UNFCCC COP23 climate change conference together with the cities of Freiburg, Hannover and Cape Town, has meant reaching new audiences. Connective Cities has also entered new territories cooperating with the C40 network of megacities that are committed to addressing climate change, and strives for further synergies in the dissemination of practical solutions.

We wish you an exciting reading,

Your Connective Cities Team

Connective Cities in Bonn, Cologne, Beirut, and Cali
Financing mechanisms for municipal sanitation services
Dialogue Event in Cologne, Germany from the 18th to 20th September 2017

In cooperation with the city of Cologne, the AVG – Waste Management and Recycling Municipal Company of Cologne and the Waste Water Municipal Company of Cologne, the city platform Connective Cities has brought together a total of 34 specialists on the subject of financing municipal services in the waste and waste water management. The municipal experts from Germany, Brazil, Ukraine, Palestine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China and Morocco introduced their good practices and measures and developed together new project ideas to meet their local challenges. Connective Cities will accompany their further planning and implementation.

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Financing Urban Sustainable Mobility
Joint Workshop in Cali, Columbia from 18.-20. October 2017

The joint workshop of the C40 Cities Finance Facility and Connective Cities took place in Cali, Colombia on the topic “From planning to financing sustainable urban mobility projects.”
In this exchange of experiences, local practitioners from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador took part. Based on the good practices of the participants, such as the “5 Centennario Bicycle Highway” from Bogotá and others, issues of financing municipal infrastructure projects were discussed. In addition to the well-known country-specific possibilities, Aris Moro from the CFF team in London gave an overview of international climate financing and the options for attracting private investors.
Over the following two days, the participants discussed good practices, looked at practical examples in the city of Cali, and finally, under the direction of WRI, developed financing models for their projects.

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Strengthening Local Economic Development
Dialogue Event in Beirut, Lebanon from the 24th to 26th October 2017

In the framework of the “Municipal know-how for host communities in the Middle-East programme”, the international community of practice Connective Cities in collaboration with the Lebanese Cities association (Cités Unies Liban) organized an International Dialogue Event on “Strengthening Local Economic Development” in Lebanon that was held in Beirut on October 24-26, 2017. Urban practitioners from Lebanon and Germany shared good practices formulated initial ideas for local projects to foster the local economy. Discussion of good practices that are relevant to the local urban context in Lebanon peer-to-peer advice on actual challenges in a creative and interactive workshop, and an excursion constituted the main features of the event.

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Reducing energy consumption down to 50% realistic target or fairy tale?
Local experiences and international exchange in the framework of COP23

In the framework of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) the City of Freiburg, the City of Hannover, the City of Cape Town, GIZ, Engagement Global / Service Agency Communities in One World and Connective Cities hosted a side event on Friday, 10.11.2017. The session tackled both the contribution of the local level to reducing energy consumption and the potential of peer learning between cities.


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Impressions and Good Practices
Strengthening the informal sector for collection, sorting and processing of municipal waste
Impression from the expert mission in October to Nairobi Kenia

Connective Cities send the expert Michael Paulus from the Berlin city cleansing municipal company for an expert mission on collection, sorting and processing of municipal waste to Nairobi, Kenia. Ntombozuko Bekwa, an expert from Pick it up, Johannesburg, complemented the team.

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Recycling Initiative of Karak Municipality, Jordan
An integrated approach for waste management

The Recycling Initiative of Karak Municipality, marks an important milestone in the city’s efforts to achieve sustainable development and to apply an integrated approach to its waste management. The project of recycling stations for carton, paper and plastic included many layers, for instance education of local populations for waste reduction and job creation through encouragement of private sector to participate in SWM. Consequently, the workload of waste collection vehicles and labourers as well as the environmental impact has been reduced, and sustainable financing of the project accomplished.  

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Events and more...
Good Practice Laboratory for Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming
20th – 23rd November in Naga City/Manila, Philippines
Connective Cities and the CITIES DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE FOR ASIA (CDIA) will jointly organize a “Practice Laboratory for Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming”. The event will be held in cooperation with the Municipality of Naga City. The purpose of the laboratory is to enable participants from Asian cities to develop projects through effective urban infrastructure planning, to program infrastructure investments that contribute to sustainable development. The workshop is geared specifically towards supporting the planning of urban infrastructure and to develop project-related action plans based on the exchange of experience with Asian and German urban practitioners. Participants will bring pre-formulated project ideas to the workshop.
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Connective Cities study tour for Turkish municipalities on “Circular Waste Management”
22nd – 27th November in Germany, mainly North Rhine-Westphalia
The Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development Connective Cities offers a study tour on “Circular Waste Management” for delegates from Turkish municipalities in the frame of the “Municipal know-how for host communities in the Middle East Programme”. The program comprises key-notes and field visits in North Rhine-Westphalia (22 – 24 November 2017) and Hamburg (27 November 2017) and offers an opportunity to the delegates to discuss various dimensions of solid waste management with experts. The study tour is geared towards practice oriented transfer of knowledge with the aid of German practical examples, support of the development of new project ideas, networking of Turkish and German experts as well as networking.
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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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Cooperation with Jordanian municipalities in waste management

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05 December 2017

Access City Award 2018

The European Prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people

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