This case study describes the history of Surabaya, Indonesia’s inclusive housing policy and how the Kampung Improvement Program became a model for in situ slum upgrading efforts both nationwide and internationally. The paper suggests certain actions that the city can take to maintain its legacy of inclusive housing policy, including prioritizing in situ, incremental upgrading of informal settlements; partnering with NGOs and universities to facilitate innovation; and improving the city’s transportation network and limiting high-end development that displaces residents.
Historically, cities have upgraded poor neighborhoods by razing and reconstructing them, often displacing residents. But to actually improve affordable housing and give residents access to services and opportunities, cities need a different approach.
Ground-level ozone pollution, which can cause deadly respiratory problems and contributes to global temperature rise, is a complicated problem that poses complex governance challenges. These three strategies can help.
Co-hosted by the Environmental Defenders Coalition, Global Witness, EarthRights International, and WRI, this event will highlight the various ways environmental defenders are coming under attack — physical attacks, being jailed, and becoming locked in costly legal battles that prevent them from carrying out their work.
At the 74th United Nations General Assembly, five countries — Bolivia, Jamaica, Uruguay, Saint Kitts and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — ratified the Escazú Agreement, an historic treaty that guarantees environmental rights in the region, provides special protections for environmental human rights defenders and ensures people can play a part in the decision-making necessary to address climate change.
Join leading air pollution experts for a conversation on the challenges of reducing ozone pollution.
During this webinar, participants will hear real-world examples of governance arrangements for developing and implementing long-term, low-emissions development strategies and learn about new research that explores country experience.
Join WRI and the World Bank for the launch of Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience, the flagship report from the Global Commission on Adaptation.
India's 29 states are updating their climate action plans in 2019. From health experts to business owners, and from academics to farming communities, people outside of government can make valuable contributions to these climate plans.
Monitoring and evaluation of local adaptation grants presents significant challenges. In a new report, WRI researchers lay out some practical steps to ensuring that limited funds catalyze effective action.
Long-term planning for climate and development requires tailored governance and institutional arrangements. This paper outlines several governance considerations critical to any national climate planning effort, providing a checklist of key questions that policymakers may consider when developing their long-term strategies.
This paper describes how sectoral departments in two Indian states have sought to manage climate risks and incorporate adaptation into their sector plans, budgets, and programs, as well as why this was necessary, what it looked like, and how this mainstreaming of adaptation was possible.
In the three years of President John Magufuli’s regime, there has been unprecedented activity in Tanzania's natural resource management. Tundu Lissu, Tanzanian lawyer and member of Parliament, will discuss the many implications on the Tanzanian economy and international economic relations.
This seminar explores challenges, opportunities, and country examples that governments can consider using to ensure they deliver on the 2030 Agenda and the Paris goals.
Can urban planning and design make cities more resilient? Join WRI’s Robin King and University of Oxford’s Cathy Baldwin as they answer this question, which they addressed in their new book, Social Sustainability, Climate Resilience and Community-Based Urban Development: What About the People?
The Global Commission on Adaptation seeks to accelerate adaptation action and increase political support for building climate resilience.
Cities in Brazil, India and Indonesia are using the new Urban Community Resilience Assessment tool to prepare for a warmer world.
This report highlights how the Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) was piloted in three cities, its potential to build more climate-resilient cities and communities, and ways to enhance the tool for future implementation.
This paper introduces the Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA), a tool developed by WRI that offers a three-level resilience scorecard for cities, communities and individuals with the aim of informing urban resilience planning by integrating different resilience needs. Effective urban climate resilience strategies can reflect the specific needs of vulnerable communities and ensure that communities and their residents are included in planning processes that aim to reduce climate change risks.
Social network analysis and restoration experts will discuss how to strengthen community governance through mapping and data analysis at the local level and in online spaces like social media.