Climate/Ecosystems

Millennials and Resilience: City, Innovation and Transformation of Youths Laboratory

Background Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are vulnerable to climate change, progressive decline of biodiversity and ecosystem services, disappearing open and green spaces as well as collapse of institutions that helped in upholding, protection and conservation of such public commons in African cities. As an example, during pre- colonial and colonial times, European explorers and researchers were fascinated by the existing high level resilience that Kano city in Nigeria exhibited through its unique garden city features. Then, two-thirds of the city as seen in 18th century were open and green spaces and this situation only changed in the early 1980s. The city’s plant diversity, resilience to fire were also recorded...

Mainstreaming resilience into climate change adaptation and disaster risk planning.

BACKGROUND Traditional (comprehensive/rational) planning processes are fundamentally incapable of effectively dealing with climate change-related hazards and natural disasters. We are interested in developing a practical and user-friendly planning toolkit/approach which will enable policy-makers to develop adaptive capacity and build resilience against climate change-related impacts. Most notably, SDG 11 and SDG 13 are adversely affected by poor planning processes related to climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, and urban planning.

Enhancing Planetary Health to meet the SDGs: Integrating Indigenous and Local Knowledge in human health decision-making and planning in Fiji

BACKGROUND The proposed lab aims to co-identify the various socio-ecological transitions (e.g., changes to governance arrangements, need for new data and capacity building, integration customary decision-making into national policies) and co-develop a priority sub-set of associated strategies that will be required to facilitate social transformations within human health planning and decision-making that integrates Indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) in meeting the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (i.e., SDG 3-Human Health). Adopting systems thinking, the lab will take into consideration synergies with other SDGs (e.g., land, water, climate change, partnerships) and local sustainability goals . This lab will provide the first opportunity within human health in the Pacific Islands where we explore...

Lusaka 2021- What if we all lived downstream?

BACKGROUND Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, has been experiencing frequent and more widespread urban flooding. When I started documenting urban floods in Lusaka 6 years ago, the flooding was largely restricted to poor unplanned settlements around the city. However, in the last 2 years and particularly this year, floods have been reported across the entire city including the central business district. This trend seems to coincide with the rapid development of shopping malls and housing estates around the city.   GOAL The goal of the lab is to identify flood high risk areas around the city and to find ecologically sustainable and cost effective solutions. To pilot the solutions...

Water Warriors

BACKGROUND Water Warriors is a Living Lab initiative currently coordinated by a group of action researchers based at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We apply the “heartware” approach to support transformation at two river basin communities: one, the University of Malaya campus community located at the Klang River basin within the capital city of Kuala Lumpur (urban) and two, the District of Mukim Pasangan located within the Selangor River basin at the State of Selangor (rural) in Malaysia. Initial efforts have shown promising indications that the heartware approach can enhance local, in-place, communities/stakeholder participation and understanding of science-policy decisions made about water conservation. Our next step is to refine/deepen our...