Cities and climate

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Tidal structure on Beira Beach, Mozambique

Green urban infrastructure in Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the countries in Africa worst hit by climate change and extreme weather events, for instance by flooding as well as droughts. One of the country's largest cities, Beira, lies on the Indian Ocean, just above sea level. It is considered to be the city most threatened by climate change in Mozambique. Germany is supporting Beira in making urban development sustainable and climate-smart. more

Building a new road in Khulna, Bangladesh

Climate-smart urban development in Bangladesh

Climate change poses particular problems for Bangladesh: one-fifth of the country could be left permanently under water as sea levels rise. On top of that, Bangladesh is already the most densely populated country in the world. Germany is helping the city of Khulna pave its roads and install drainage systems, with the result that parts of the city are no longer flooded for weeks at a time. more

EcoCasas in Mexico

Green housing in Mexico: living better and saving energy

Half a million new housing units are built in Mexico every year; eight per cent of the population work in the construction industry. Energy consumption is rising steadily, with private households accounting for around 17 per cent of total usage. This makes energy-efficient housing construction particularly important. more

Tram in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

TUMI – an international approach to transforming the transport sector

A global transformation of the transport sector is needed. The infrastructure that is put in place today will determine how we move about tomorrow, and how high (or low) the resultant emissions will be. With that in mind, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), together with a group of international partners, launched the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). more

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