Today’s urban population of about 3.5 billion people is projected to reach 5 billion by 2030, with two-thirds of the global population living in cities. City leaders must move quickly to plan for growth and provide the basic services, infrastructure, and affordable housing their expanding populations need.
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November 24, 2014A CityStrength Diagnostic was conducted in Can Tho, Vietnam in June 2014 at the request of the city. A team of specialists from the World Bank Group worked with local officials, techn... Show More +ical staff, and stakeholders to identify priorities for investment and appropriate areas for action to help build resilience in Can Tho. The Diagnostic found that Can Tho can address the two primary threats to its socio-economic development goals—flooding and uncontrolled urbanization—by more proactively guiding urban growth to areas with lower flood risk, including the higher elevation areas near the heart of the city.The following actions and investments could have a transformational impact on the resilience of the city as a collection of initiatives implemented by Can Tho with more effectively coordinated support from development partners. Priority actions include:Strengthen institutional capacity and legislative frameworks for an effective, integrated flood risk management approach.Enhance the collection, sharing, and use of data on public assets, buildings, population, and risks.Improve the analysis of climate impacts in Can Tho by introducing standardized damage and loss assessment procedures that will enable local officials to quantify the impact of flooding on the local economy and budget.Strengthen financial management to enhance the sustainability of infrastructure investments and strengthen capital investment planning to facilitate better prioritization, monitoring, and achievement of economic development goals. Priority investments include: Focus on implementing flood protection measures in the urban core to make it a more attractive and safe place to live and do business.Use transport investments to guide urban growth to higher elevation areas and meet the needs of a modernizing city.Invest in sanitation to protect public health and support the economic base of the city.Continue to focus on urban upgrading as a means of addressing encroachment on drainage canals and targeting support to poor and vulnerable groups in the city. The CityStrength Diagnostic is informing follow-on activities in Can Tho. The Bank is preparing a new urban resilience project, an open data initiative, and a study of logistics and the role of Can Tho in the regional economy. Show Less -
LAMP is designed to advance real estate cadaster creation, improve registration of services, strengthen capacity to support the planning sector, and further develop the permitting process in Montenegr... Show More +o.Since the project’s inception in 2008, more than 9,000 people have participated in debates on spatial and urban planning, helping to ensure that the concerns of all stakeholders are taken into consideration during project implementation and that the outcomes are as inclusive as possible. These efforts are helping to decrease illegal construction and ensure that buildings – especially public ones – are built according to code, thereby better serving the needs of everyone.“I see improvement – both in the situation in general, as well as in people’s awareness,” said Dejan, following a recent meeting of the working group. “Through direct communication among the networks of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), almost half of the people with disabilities in Cetinje had a voice in the planning process,” he continued.In six years of implementation, the LAMP project has helped bring about a reduction of more than 88% in the construction of illegal buildings – and as a result, increase significantly the number of buildings that Dejan and other people with disabilities can now access more easily.“Every time a new public building is made accessible, I feel that our needs are being reflected,” concludes Dejan.The youth of Cetinje have also benefitted. Last year, a day care center for young people with disabilities opened in the town, with support from the local municipality, the Ministry of Social Care, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The center accommodates up to 25 young people between the ages of 3 and 27 years, and provides help with their everyday needs.The construction of the day care center, the huge reduction in illegal construction, and the enforcement of laws on spatial planning and construction of structures for accessibility are all highly positive developments for Cetinje, and ultimately for Montenegro.The active participation of people like Dejan Tmusic in working groups that continue to influence these activities is also proof that a single voice, when multiplied several times over, can truly make a difference – for an individual, a community, and an entire country. Show Less -