Dubai Municipality has embarked on an initiative called “Green Roofs” during the Green Dubai Forum, which was held recently. The concept will be applied on the roofs of the Municipality buildings to gauge its positive impacts on them. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Acting Director General of Dubai Municipality said the Municipality has launched the initiative in line with the law on the application of green building specifications in Dubai, which will be officially issued in mid-December under the directives of the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
SOURCE: Dubai Municipality Portal.
Newsday reports that “New York is launching a statewide program to crack down on truckers and bus drivers who violate laws intended to reduce health problems from diesel fumes.”
SOURCE: Newsday.com – NY cracks down on urban truck and bus pollution
British PM Gordon Brown revealed on Monday that his country has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi to develop technologies for low-carbon-emitting energy.
SOURCE: ArabianBusiness.com – UK signs green energy deal with Masdar – Energy –
The UDA, Central Environment Authority and the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLR&DC), have been entrusted with the task of devising the master plan. Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development Dr. P. Ramanujam told The Sunday Times FT that a 6-member committee appointed by Urban Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to study and report on the 225-acre Water’s Edge property development by the state is now in the process of making their project proposal and the proposed master plan.
SOURCE: The Sunday Times – Master plan of Water’s Edge to be unveiled soon.
“Water used for irrigation in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) is the leading cause of an impending water shortage, according to World Bank reports.”
SOURCE: Gulfnews: Farming ‘main cause of water shortage’.
“World Urban Forum 4 will be held in Nanjing, China on 03 – 06 November 2008
The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor’s access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.”
SOURCE: UN-HABITAT.:. World Urban Forum | Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development.