Coasts, conflicts and intangible heritage

The coastal areas likely to be hardest hit by climate change are the ones where people have the least choice of livelihood. Yet, the strong ties of Mediterranean society with its natural setting may yet prove valuable in combating environmental degradation.

An initiative between Malta, Greece, Cyprus and Italy has produced a book entitled Coasts and Conflicts, which aims to harmonise integration in the Mediterranean region.

A response to a call issued by the EU inter-regional funding mechanism saw the birth of ECONET-COHAST, an ecological network to bring conservation strategies in line to save coastal habitats, which are recognised as valuable on a European scale.

timesofmalta.com – Coasts, conflicts and intangible heritage.

Ecosystem equation

Wal-Mart turned to landscape architectural and environmental consulting firm Earth Source Inc. To help Wal-Mart comply with environmental laws, Allen County-based Earth Source and related company Heartland Restoration Services Inc. designed and built a replacement wetland several times larger than the parcel affected by the store’s construction.

Ecosystem equation | The Journal Gazette.

China, West squabble over emissions targets at Bali climate meeting – International Herald Tribune

Developing countries led by China squabbled with the West over mandatory emission cuts at the Bali climate change conference, as activists accused Canada on Saturday of undermining the negotiations by insisting on targets for poor nations.

China, which some believe has surpassed the United States as the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases, questioned the fairness of binding cuts when its per capita emissions are about one-sixth of America’s. It said, too, that it has only been pumping pollutants into the atmosphere for a few decades, whereas the West has done so for hundreds of years.

China, West squabble over emissions targets at Bali climate meeting – International Herald Tribune.

New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine

Mumbai port is set to expand. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given it the clearance to build an offshore container terminal, which will facilitate handling of large container vessels at the port. Mumbai Port Trust officials are happy because the Rs 1,228.39-crore project will add capacity of 9.6 million tonnes per annum to the port. Urban planners and activists, however, had hopes that some portion of the port land would be given to the city.

According to the Urban Design Research Institute (udri), a Mumbai-based ngo, the city has 0.01 ha of open space per 1,000 people, against the international norm of 1.6 ha per 1,000 people.

New terminal for Mumbai port faces criticism from urban planners | News | Down To Earth magazine.

Look at risks of flooding during urban planning in Arab countries

An international conference here on wadi hydrology has urged decision makers in the Arab countries to take into consideration the risks of flooding during urban planning. It also called for a ‘deeper understanding’ of the hydrology of wadis, developing an early warning system in the areas with arid and semi-arid climate and draw up a comprehensive management plan for water resources to achieve sustainable development in the Arab world.

Khaleej Times Online – Look at risks of flooding during urban planning.