Revisit our regional conference on social-ecological transformation in Asian cities

Our regional climate and energy project in Asia brought together practitioners, policy-makers and researchers to discuss common challenges and opportunities for low-carbon transitions in cities that are socially just and inclusive from 10-12 August 2021.

Asia is experiencing rapid urbanization and it is projected that by 2025 two thirds of all mega cities worldwide will be located in the region. Urbanization does not only contribute to accelerating economic growth but also to climate change as cities are responsible for 75 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Social-ecological transformation in Asian cities is thus instrumental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

In this online conference, FES brought together practitioners, policy-makers and researchers to discuss common challenges and opportunities for low-carbon transitions that are socially just and inclusive. We want to learn about different approaches to social-ecological urban policy, dive deeper into feminist perspectives on inclusive and climate friendly urban development and discuss mobility strategies for liveable cities.

Day 1: Social-ecological transformation in cities

To kick off the conference we created a regional exchange on social-ecological transformations in cities by connecting FES partners from India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam and other interested stakeholders from the region. In her keynote speech, Anja Bierwirth of the Wuppertal Institute, reminded all that, "sustainability transformations need to be implemented at local level. Many cities have developed strategies for a green and socially acceptable future. Convening and linking up knowledge of stakeholders and science is key for making this transformation possible." 

Take a look at our graphic recording to find out more about what was discussed:

Day 2: Feminist perspectives on urban development

Gender and gender-responsive measures are often a missing aspect in urban planning, design and policy, even though the implications are clear. It should start with the needs of people in communities. The design of cities, public spaces and mobility models needs to reflect the socio-cultural needs and differentiated vulnerabilities of women and men, girls, and boys. It should encourage public participation in matters of governance and be responsive to the increasingly felt negative impacts of climate change.

We explored solutions to these urgent questions: how can we design and plan cities that work well for everyone? What would such a city look like, and how would we go about creating it? Find some answers below:

Day 3: Mobility for a social and sustainable city

Mobility is changing. In view of its importance and the negative social, ecological and economic consequences, mobility must also change, and much more quickly and comprehensively than before. Cities in particular can set good examples in this respect. Together with our partners and participants, we explored solutions and strategies to contribute to a social-ecological urban policy by taking a closer look at mobility systems of four Asian cities: Bengaluru, Jakarta, Manila and Hanoi.

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