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Urban Upgrading: Promoting Green and Inclusive Settlements Learning Exchange
​The lack of adequate integrated urban planning in view of rapid population growth has resulted in the increase of poverty, inequality and pollution in urban areas. These challenges are preventing  cities to achieve well-being for all citizens in an inclusive manner.  
With this is mind, Connective Cities together with MILE  and the eThekwini Municipality Area Based Management Unit (ABM)  have partnered to host a Learning Exchange & Practitioners’ Workshop on Re-thinking urban upgrading – The urban NEXUS approach to promote green and inclusive settlements from June 21-23, 2016 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Connective Cities is an International Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development which promotes the exchange of municipal expertise between urban practitioners.
The purpose of the Learning Exchange  was to connect cities and share experiences and knowledge using a community of practice approach.
Practitioners in the human settlements sector from international, national and local organisations including NGO’s attended the Learning Exchange.
During the opening session Dr Manfred Poppe, Connective Cities, GIZ, mentioned the critical role cities play in creating sustainable communities and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations.
Highlights from the event featured keynote presentations by Luyanda Mpahlwa from Design Space Africa and Christian Schilling from the City of Bremen in Germany.
Luyanda Mpahlwa provided a real account of urban spatial challenges indicating that informal cities are mushrooming and are becoming over populated at the doorstep of the formal cities. He urged cities to relook at urban planning and encouraged a new paradigm shift that would allow cities to navigate between formal and informal spaces as a key challenge for cities.
Participants were also given an opportunity to present “Good Practices”, which illustrate application-oriented strategies in the field of Urban Upgrading.
The learning event  included a site visit to Cornubia; the Province’s largest sustainable integrated human settlements development and Lakehaven, a private social housing project in the Inanda Ntuzuma KwaMashu (INK) area.
ABM Head, Linda Mbonambi, said that the City plans to use Cornubia as a model to apply the greening upgrade model.
“It is not simply about providing housing for people but to ensure that people live in a green and healthy environment where nature becomes part of their daily lives. The City’s “Tree-preneurs” programme for example is creating employment with the sale of tree seedlings and at the same time greening our communities."
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Download presentations below:

 Promoting Green and Inclusive Settlements Learning Exchange 2016

Day 1.1-Eric Apelgren.pdf
21/06/2016 12:30
Day 1.2-GIZ-Connective Cities.pdf
21/06/2016 12:30
Day 1.3-Keynote 1-Mr. Luyanda Mpahlwa.pdf
21/06/2016 12:31
Day 1.4-Keynote 2-Mr. Schilling.pdf
21/06/2016 12:31
Day 2- Keynote-Irina Velasco.pdf
22/06/2016 12:08

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