Photo courtesy of Pixabay MINSK, 3 June (BelTA) – The Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry is looking for investors for the project SymbioCity in Brest, Yekaterina Kuznetsova, the head of the department for environmental policy, international cooperation and science at the ministry, said at a press conference “Introducing green technologies to improve the quality of life in cities and regions of Belarus”, BelTA has learned.This is one of the major initiatives envisaged in the National Action Plan for the Development of Green Economy in Belarus up to 2020. The project was launched in September 2018 when the Brest City Council of Deputies introduced the concept “Brest is a Smart Sustainable City”.“We are currently looking for additional funding. With this project, we would like to demonstrate how a green city concept can be implemented in a big city,” Yekaterina Kuznetsova noted.At present, Belarus is … [Read more...] about Belarus’ eco-friendly city project seeks investors
The prioritisation of the car and poor land use have polluted and ghettoised our cities, but a sustainable approach can change all that, says Abhas K Jha Dante’s Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as “Satan’s wretched city … full of distress and torment terrible.” He could well have been describing many modern-day metropolises.The world, especially sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, is experiencing a massive wave of urbanisation. And yet it is occurring largely in the absence of urban planning, and even those municipalities that have plans often fail to enforce them effectively or account properly for the needs of the majority. The result is overcrowded, dirty, and disorderly cities that undermine residents’ health and happiness.In planning our cities, we have put the needs of cars over those of people, too often emphasising accessibility for private vehicles (while penalising pedestrians and bicyclists for jaywalking). This … [Read more...] about Cork on the Rise: People-friendly cities can be driver of change
Capital & Centric has dramatically increased spending plans after gaining approval for a £20m redevelopment of Eye Witness works on Milton Street. Co-founder Tim Heatley said he wanted to spend up tp £200m in the city centre over the next five-to-10 years - on top of a project to convert a former cutlery factory into apartments. He announced the five-to-10-year ambition after Capital & Centric gained planning permission to redevelop the listed Eye Witness works on Milton Street.It is the Manchester-based firm’s first project in Sheffield.He said: “We are investing £20m here and our ambition is to invest a further £150m to £200m in the wider area in hotels, cafe-bars, restaurants, offices and workspaces.“We’re not scared of that scale and we’d like to run some projects concurrently with Eye Witness Works.” Mr Heatley was speaking at a round table discussion with city leaders.He added: “People are very … [Read more...] about How developer’s £200m plans will benefit Sheffield the ‘friendly city’
An archive photo BREST, 5 March (BelTA) – A possibility to hold a summit of representatives of child friendly cities in Brest in the run-up to the city's 1,000th anniversary is under discussion, Brest Oblast Deputy Governor Gennady Borisyuk told reporters at the opening of the Steps youth initiatives resource center on 5 March, BelTA has learned. The matter, just like the format of the event, is under discussion. “There are cooperation plans with UNICEF. Today we have discussed a possibility to arrange a summit of child friendly cities of Belarus and its partners from transboundary cooperation projects - Ukraine and Poland. We suggest holding this event in Brest in the run-up to the city's 1,000th anniversary. This will send a message that we live in the common world, have common goals and our children should help us achieve them. Maybe, this will be a roundtable session – the format will depend on the number of participants. There is no doubt that we need … [Read more...] about Brest might host child friendly cities summit
Amid a mass of colour and pounding Latin rhythms, revellers at this year’s Bogotá Pride march waved banners stating “not one step back”. They were among tens of thousands who took to the streets to celebrate and support Colombia’s LGBT community. Many annual Pride marches that were once solemn protests against repression have become celebrations of now-existing rights or progress, reflecting the strength of LGBT communities. In Bogotá, for example, the capital of a macho and socially conservative country, there has been surprising progress in LGBT rights. In March, Angélica Lozano Correa, a former member of the Bogotá city council, became the first openly LGBT person to be elected to the country’s Senate. In 2016 the country’s government passed laws allowing same-sex couples to adopt and marry, and the previous year it granted transgender people the right to change their identity on official government documents – policies … [Read more...] about Which is the world’s most LGBT-friendly city?