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Water for Livable and Resilient Cities

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Water plays a central role in almost every aspect of our urban environment and quality of life in our cities. Alarmingly, the combined impacts of rapid population growth and climate change are now posing a severe threat to the liveability and resilience of our cities. However, it is possible to design water systems that provide cities with the capacity to cope with these threats. So-called “water sensitive urban design” creates water sensitive cities that enhance and protect the health of watercourses and wetlands; mitigate flood risk and damage; and create public spaces that harvest, clean and recycle water. This approach poses complex planning and urban design challenges. And it requires solutions that address equally complex and interrelated considerations, such as social, environmental, political, economic, planning and engineering disciplines.

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The Coordinating Council for Productive Development (COSDEPRO): An example of Local Governance and Multilevel Coordination in Bolivia

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Guidance and systemization of experiences

Decentralized cooperation to democratize cities: Project to improve the institutional capacities of local authorities in Brazil and Mozambique as actors of decentralised cooperation

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Project to improve the institutional capacities of local authorities in Brazil and Mozambique as actors of decentralised cooperation

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Case studies and best practices

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