Local Best Practice – Global Perspectives

Der Vortrag von Melody Corry, UNESCO
and Columbia University Joint Program CUBES, New York, als Textübertragung aus ihrer Präsentation im 3. IP Fachforum der IP-Building und Partner in Frankfurt Main.

The Built Environment

* By 2025, majority of humankind will be living in cities
* The immediate human environment will be the built environment
* Urbanization rates have serious implications for global sustainability
* Almost 80% of developed country populations live in cities
* Wealthiest 25% consume 80% of worlds economic output
* Approx. 64% of worlds economic consumption & pollution is associated with developed country cities

Sustainable Development & Sustainable Building

* Activities of the construction sector are vital to the achievement of sustainable development goals
* Application of sustainability principles to buildings e.g.green roof tops
* UN Agenda 21, Chapter 7, to promote sustainable construction industry activities

Global Sustainable Construction Goals and Objectives UN Agenda 21-Chapter 7

* Melody Corry-Adopt policies, technologies & information exchange
* Avoid harmful effects on human health and the biosphere
* Enhance the employment capacity of construction sector
* Promote research, free exchange of information at government level
* Governments should work in close collaboration with the private sector

Local Practice & Priorities (2000

* Variations based on regional priorities e.g.:
* African initiatives focus on infrastructure provision
* Arab states focus on domestic & industrial waste
* Asia & Pacific on management practice and efficient service delivery
* North America on cleaner energy production & issues of social exclusion In Europe:
* mature cities, maintain old infrastructure, integrate new and improved infrastructure with environmental planning
* among others, focus is on public-private partnerships to reduce wasteful patterns

Ways Forward & Emerging Trends

* Progress in sustainable development and sustainable building in particular, is dependent on:
* informing public on benefits
* cross-sectoral, multi-disciplinary exchanges
* technology transfer
* public-private partnerships
* north-south collaborations
* research
* Increasing recognition of the need for region-wide planning
* Increased focus on application of ecological concepts for urban planning and design e.g. green infrastructure
* Initiatives to bring stakeholders together for coherent planning

Columbia University/UNESCO Joint Program on Biosphere & Society (CUBES

* combines the strengths of a major international research institution with UNESCOs global networks of governmental partners, policy makers, and practitioners
* mission is to develop sustainable networks of cooperation to support globally relevant local strategies for poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, social inclusion, and conflict mitigation
* links people and institutions to international scientific community, to Columbia University knowledge resources, and to the network of sites around the world CUBES:
* groups conduct place-based research, on interdependencies between people and their ecological resource bases
* conveys these research contributions to high-level policy making for a through UN and UNESCO
* facilitates production and sharing of knowledge through case studies, peer-reviewed publications, conferences e.g Urban Biosphere & Society Conference, October 2003 The Urban Biosphere
* Urban Biosphere Groups (UBG) established to further develop a conceptual framework for the application of UNESCOs Biosphere Reserve concept to specific urban areas
* Includes an examination of the global ecological footprint of cities
* New York City and Cape Town serve as case studies
* Key is urban sustainability, with emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration and communication
* Provide visibility and support for challenges facing the City
* Consider the Biosphere Reserve (BR) approach as a model for socially inclusive environmental management
* Assess the role of the BR concept in urban sustainability
* Consider how environmental conservation can benefit the poor

Present and future projects

* New York
* Cape Town
* Greater Philadelphia
* Chicago
* New Orleans
* Frankfurt?

Ingredients for CUBES Site

* Mandate from City
* Partner with research institutions
* Sustainable communities focus
* Methodology for bringing stake holders together
* Link sites and their issues with global networks e.g. sustainable building in broader global perspective

Autor: Hadzizukic

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