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Pakistan project wins award for shielding villages from natural disasters

Pakistan mapping verification

Thomson Reuters Foundation A project that combines satellite images, mapping technologies and the local knowledge of villagers to help build climate-proof settlements in disaster-prone areas of Pakistan won an international award last week. More than one million people have benefited from the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) Pakistan project, which was a gold prize […]

Trees alone can’t win fight against soaring heat, cities warned

California wildfire aftermath

Abu Dhabi, UAEThomson Reuters Foundation Popular projects to plant more trees and expand green space in cities may not protect residents from soaring and often deadly heat unless the efforts target those most in need of relief and bring communities closer, researchers and policymakers said. As record numbers of people move into urban areas, cities […]

In Asia’s booming cities, urban planners urged to include the poor

Kuala Lumpur

Penang, MalaysiaThomson Reuters Foundation Urban planners in rapidly expanding Asian cities must involve the poorest residents in decision-making and include informal spaces if they are serious about tackling inequality, development experts said on Wednesday. More than 2.3 billion people in Asia-Pacific live in cities, and that number is expected to reach nearly 3.5 billion in […]