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Here you will find up to date information on the DReAMS project and other interesting news.


3 December 2013

In the framework of the DReAMS project three case studies in Asian municipalities were developed. You can download these interesting case studies here:

05 November 2013

Around 50 participants from different regions as well as officials and experts from ICLEI South Asia, attended the International Conference on Sustainable Environment Management for Poverty Alleviation organized by Guntur Municipal Corporation in Hyderabad, India on 8 October 2013.
Throughout the conference the achievements of different partners was showcased to dignitaries from the national, regional and international arena, thereby disseminating the ecoBUDGET and PDMS tool to other interested cities and organizations. In general, the conference helped raise the awareness of municipal officials regarding environmental sustainability. The benefits of the tools for showcasing municipal achievements with regard to sustainability were received with great interest by participants.
In different sessions and formats participants had the chance to exchange views on issues like awareness generation among officials of city corporations and inculcating the good practice of planning and sustainability in actions undertaken by the municipal bodies, implementation of activities to improve the living standards of under privileged communities, importance of slum development and provision of basic urban services to the urban poor by local government bodies etc.  
City officials highly appreciated the outcomes of the DReAMS project and agreed that projects of such a format with an important exchange component are very helpful in assisting cities in planning for the near future.

For more information download these two interesting reports:

21 August 2013

New publication on two instruments for sustatinabiliy: PDMS & ecoBUDGET

Through illustrative case studies of Asian Local Authorities, the new publication shows how the Poverty Database Monitoring System (PDMS) and in combination with ecoBUDGET support local governments to bridge the gap between poverty reduction and environmental protection.

The instruments help identify the local poor population within the city, providing a more solid footing for decision-making and explores the key mechanisms employed to improve ‘connectivity’ between poverty and environment in local governments across Asia.

You can download the publication here.

09 August 2013

New guide on ecoBUDGET available now

The brand new guide for ecoBUDGET "An ecoBUDGET guidance - Managing environment and poverty in Asian cities" is now available.

The guide illustrates the difficult but rewarding journey of implementing ecoBUDGET in South and Southeast Asia. The first part of the guide gives an account of the history of ecoBUDGET and explains the framework, in
which ecoBUDGET is operating. In the second part, the five steps of ecoBUDGET are outlined and practical tips for their implementation are provided. The third part of the guide offers case studies from the participating
municipalities and illustrates the benefit as well as the challenges of ecoBUDGET.

Please download here

10 July 2012

City of Rajshahi receives National Environment Award

The city of Rajshahi recently received this year’s National Environment Award. The prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina handed the award to A.H.M. Khairuzzaman, the mayor of Rajshahi, lauding the Rajshahi City Corporation’s efforts in making the city green.

The corporation started collecting garbage from house to house in July 2009, bringing about a change in traditional garbage collecting systems. The mayor announced that a plan to use urban waste to produce gas, electricity and compost is also in the pipeline.

9 August 2010

UNEP issues policy brief on Integrated Solutions for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Poverty

Its four main messages are:

  • Biodiversity is key to how well people can adapt to climate change. The poor will need to be involved in any planning and decision-making andmust ultimately be able to derive sustainable livelihoods from these resources
  • We need to set different policy directions, change incentive structures, reduce or phase out perverse subsidies, and engage business leaders in a vision for a new economy. Holistic economics - or economics that recognize the value of nature's services and the costs of their loss - is needed to set the stage for a new "green economy"
  • Environmental limits need to be established in order to ensure society remains within them in order to achieve sustainability. This is based on four principle criteria: long-term environmental effectiveness, equity consideration, cost effectiveness, and, overall institutional compatibility of the policy combinations
  • Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) is an emerging approach that works with nature to help vulnerable communities and build resilience of their ecosystems and livelihoods being threatened by climate change impacts. It can also generate significant multiple benefits such as social, economic and cultural.

The full document is available in our library.

26 July 2010

Field visits get underway

The 1st field visits and training sessions have been conducted in Rajshahi, Stung Treng and Thimphu. To learn about these events and their outcome visit the Events & Activities section.