Towards resilient communities

“Whether they come from governments or from civil society, the best techniques for safeguarding cities don’t just mitigate disaster damage; they also strengthen the networks that promote health and prosperity during ordinary times.” Adaptation, E. Klinenberg. The New Yorker, January 7, 2013 issue What are the solutions and the ideas so that communities can easier mitigate… Continue reading Towards resilient communities

Pioneers into practice- maps for suitable habitats for fauna from the Spanish Red List (IUCN).

As Climate-KIC Pioneer into Practice  I had an opportunity to stay one month in Madrid, Spain. My placement was in Research Group for Sustainable Management SILVANET –FoReStLab, College of Forestry and Natural Environment, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). During the placement period, with the colleague Daniel Pop from Romania, and with a help from Vanja… Continue reading Pioneers into practice- maps for suitable habitats for fauna from the Spanish Red List (IUCN).

Interview with Marina Kelava: On transformational potential of bicycles

Marina Kelava is a respectful journalist, environmental activist, photographer and above all a passionate cyclist. She is the co-founder of web portal H-alter, regularly writes articles on Shareable and has so far received numerous recognitions and awards in photography and journalism. Marina is one the most recognizable individuals of the community of bycicle geeks gathered… Continue reading Interview with Marina Kelava: On transformational potential of bicycles

Wind power in urban environment

Climate change and its impacts are constantly triggering and initiating research and new solutions for sustainable and climate resilient urban environments. One of the topics attracting more and more attention are urban wind electricity generation which has not been addressed much for years due to high infrastructure required to exploit wind resource (substantial size of… Continue reading Wind power in urban environment

Interview with Saša Šimpraga- an activist for better Zagreb

Saša Šimpraga is a writer and an activist from Zagreb. He is the founder of 1POSTOZAGRAD (1 percent for the city), a Zagreb based platform focused on public space and commons. Alongside many small scale city improvements, such as numerous treelines or benches, its successes include the creation of a number of new public parks,… Continue reading Interview with Saša Šimpraga- an activist for better Zagreb

Bright example of how to create sustainable urban communities – Masdar City

This modern sustainable city located in Abu Dhabi, beside International airport in United Arab Emirates (UAE) caught my attention long time ago with it's contemporary intelligent urban planning consisted of superb architecture, usage of solar and renewable energy and leading edge technology although I haven't had a chance to visit yet and see it with… Continue reading Bright example of how to create sustainable urban communities – Masdar City

Time as a currency of change towards resilient and sustainable communities

Time banking is a reciprocity-based work trading system with time (hours) representing the currency. The system prioritises social care, wellbeing, and reciprocity. It was first conceptualized in the 1980s in USA by Edgar Cahn, an American law professor, to address unfulfilled societal needs. Time banking is implemented within communities enabling a person with one skill… Continue reading Time as a currency of change towards resilient and sustainable communities

Benefits of Roof Gardens except Energy Savings

Due to ongoing population growth and urbanization where we continue to loose natural areas the necessity to recover green areas is becoming critical to help mitigate the negative impact of development and maintain some level of environmental quality. How can top of the building in dense urban area get green and cozy (source: Pixabay) Solar… Continue reading Benefits of Roof Gardens except Energy Savings