No end to rubbish strikeBuaNews | 12 Apr 2011
Pretoria - The City of Johannesburg says it is disappointed with the outcome of the consultation meeting with unions on Monday aimed at ending the strike by refuse workers. The city's spokesperson Gabu Tugwana said management had hoped the strike would have been resolved so that SA Municipal...
Africa: Fast Pace of African Urbanization Affecting Water Supplies and SanitationAllAfrica.com | 24 Mar 2011
Rapid urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report. According to the Rapid Response Assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat, urban centers in Africa are growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world.
WATER: Optimism at World Water Day conferenceIRIN News | 23 Mar 2011
Half the world's population now lives in cities, and this figure is expected to balloon to more than 70 percent by 2050, but in Africa, where the rate of urbanization is highest, the provision of clean drinking water has been shrinking steadily since 1990. "The ability of [African] governments to...
Africa: After DFID Review: Nairobi-Based UN-HABITAT's Fortunes to DeclineAllAfrica.com | 22 Mar 2011
The fortunes of the Nairobi-based United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) could change drastically in the wake of a damning report by the UK's Department of International Development (DFID) that suggests that the organisation is riddled with irregularities.
Innovations in water management needed to sustain citiesfeedproxy.google.com | 22 Mar 2011
"Within the next 20 years, 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities, with most urban expansion taking place in the developing world. Ensuring access to nutritious, affordable food for the poorer of these city-dwellers is emerging as a real challenge," said Alexander Mueller, FAO Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources.
S Sudan's daunting challengesenglish.aljazeera.net | 07 Feb 2011
Southern Sudan is likely to become an independent nation once the official results of its referendum are announced. But many challenges lie ahead for what would be the world's newest nation.
KENYA: Mapping Kibera to improve living conditionsIRIN News | 07 Jan 2011
It is one of the most densely populated districts of Kenyas capital and one of the most researched urban areas in Africa. Hundreds, if not thousands, of NGOs work there, serving a community estimated to number anywhere between 100,000 and a million. Yet, until recently, the sprawling slum of Kibera barely featured on any detailed maps.
Africa warned of 'slum' cities danger as its population passes 1bnGuardian Unlimited | 24 Nov 2010
Lagos to overtake Cairo as largest urban area by 2015. Africa has joined India and China as the third region of the world to reach a population of 1 billion people, and it is expected to double its numbers by 2050, the UN says. By then, there will be three times as many people living in Africa's cities, and the continent that had fewer than 500,000 urban dwellers in 1950 may have 1.3 billion.
Nigeria: How to Tackle Climate Change, By Advocacy GroupAllAfrica.com | 17 May 2010
Olusoji Daomi of the Citizens Against Climate Change in Nigeria (CACCIN) suggests that the twin strategy of urban planning practices and the act of tree planting are effective adaptation and mitigation measures to the global climate change menace
Nigeria: Lagos - Towards Flood-Free Rainy SeasonAllAfrica.com | 20 Apr 2010
For Lagos residents, the rainy season portends danger and discomfort given that many parts of the state are often flooded. In these instances such areas as Ikorodu, Ojota, Agege, Ikeja, Oworoshoki, Oshodi, are know to have witnessed perennial flooding.
Uganda: Urban Planning Key to Wetland ConservationAllAfrica.com | 22 Mar 2010
It is business as usual in Kampala's wetlands. On one side of the city, floods are threatening to swallow those settled in low lying areas that used to be wetlands. But why is the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the Government's watchdog on environment, not moving in to arrest the situation?
Copenhagen, the city where green mattersThe Monitor | 15 Sep 2009
Visiting Copenhagen and witnessing the way the Danish are so conscious about preserving the environment, I was saddened and struck by how differently Ugandans take this issue,