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Sustainable Building Practices for Low Cost Housing  
This Scoping Paper assesses and explores the important and inter-related issues of providing low cost sustainable housing in developing nations whilst simultaneously addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. The term sustainable in this context encompasses a complex web of issues including environmental protection, improvements in quality of life, poverty alleviation and is looked at through the perspective of long term, life cycle sustainability that is integrated with indigenous local customs and cultures to provide lasting and replicable improvements to the lives of local populations.
 Sustainable Building Practices for Low Cost Housing: English 8-Feb-12
Towards a Design for a Pro-Poor Land Recordation System  
To bring tenure security within reach of everyone in a country, including the poor, use of conventional land registration approaches has a bad press in many parts of the world. Such approaches serve primarily the needs of the powerful elite, and due to a number of reasons like costs and needed expertise, cannot be scaled up easily to record everyone’s tenure.

The acceptance of a continuum of land rights is an important step to improve the position of the poor and other vulnerable groups in relation to access to land and tenure security. To have full impact, however, this continuum has to be supplemented by a pro-poor land recordation system.

This paper supplies the first steps to come to the design of such a pro-poor land recordation system. It takes lessons from the history of developing land recordation systems in the Western world and their introduction to other territories. It identifies a number of elements that the design needs to meet, and comes with the first ideas for the design itself. An important one relates to the use of the community leadership to identify the parties, their position and status in the community, as well as the tenure arrangements and evidentiary rules in practice there. Instead of using paper trails and expert knowledge of professionals, the community and its leadership will provide these. To make sure that the system is not only affecting the local reality, it needs to have buy-in from the public sector actors as well. This is done via ‘co-management’, in which the public sector actors and the community share responsibilities for the recordation system. The linking-pins between the two are the (barefoot) land officer and the local record keeper. The paper does not detail the institutional and political economy side of the design, which will be the focus of proposed future work.

The proposed system is a trimmed down approach to land recordation, and has to be seen as the first step on a continuum of land recording. It allows people, especially the poor in customary areas and informal settlements, to set the first step on the property ladder, and should be flexible enough to allow for future improvements.

 Towards a Design for a Pro-Poor Land Recordation System English 8-Feb-12
Urban Land Market In Mozambique  
Due to the significant differences between the various forms of allocation of rural land in terms of social justice and to the strong possibility of this to happen for the urban land, the Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Affairs and UN-HABITAT, requested to Cruzeiro do Sul to undertake a study of the urban land market in Mozambique.

The aim is at identifying the coverage and the dynamics of the urban land markets, surveying the implications of the same and identifying prevention mechanisms of social injustices in the tenure and use of the urban land. Mechanisms that can revert the eventual trend of unsustainable urban growth, as well as improving the economic and social use of the urban land, aimed at upgrading the life quality of the citizens, will be explored.

For this to happen, the identification of the forms of access to the land, the comparison of the land allocation efficiency and the estimation of the market value of the urban land was undertaken. The rural-urban linkage had as background the modelling of the sustainable urban growth of the cities of small and average size. The model constructed – MoCUS, is meant to assist city councils and stakeholders of the civil society in resources management, urban planning, prevention of social conflicts, and in strengthening the economic and social use of the urban space.

 Urban Land Market In Mozambique English 8-Feb-12
Women's Rights to Land and Property  
Commission on Sustainable Development - Thursday 22 April 2004
Women in Human Settlements Development  Challenges and Opportunities -Women's Rights to Land and Property

In many cities of developing countries, more than half of the urban population lives in slums and informal settlements, in sub-standard housing, without basic services and without the enjoyment of their human rights to land and adequate housing. Women headed households form a high proportion of the population in many of such settlements.

While lack of security of tenure affects millions of people across the world, women face added risks and deprivations: in Africa and South-Asia especially, women are systematically denied their human rights to access, own, control or inherit land and property.

The vast majority of women cannot afford to buy land, and usually can only access land and housing through male relatives, which makes their security of tenure dependent on good marital and family relations. At the same time, millions of women in Asia, Africa and Latin America depend critically on land for a livelihood.

 Women's Rights to Land and Property English 8-Feb-12
WTE Industry in Latin America - 2010  

 WTE Industry in Latin America - 2010 English 26-Jan-12
Energy from Waste Workshop (E.f.W)  

 Energy from Waste Workshop (E.f.W) English 26-Jan-12
GC 23 Reports  

 Report English 6-Jan-12
 Informe Español 6-Jan-12
 تقرير العربية 9-Jan-12
 Signaler Français 6-Jan-12
 报告 中文 6-Jan-12
 отчет русский 6-Jan-12
GC 22 Reports  

 Report English 6-Jan-12
 Informe Español 6-Jan-12
 تقرير العربية 6-Jan-12
 rapport Français 6-Jan-12
 报告 中文 6-Jan-12
 отчет русский 6-Jan-12
Strategic Urban Development Planning in Lake Victoria Region: Lessons of Experience  
Urban planning has a critical role to play in improving people‟s wellbeing and the quality of life. International conferences on sustainable development have highlighted this message, from the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 to the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II, the City Summit) in Istanbul in 1996.
 Strategic Urban Development Planning in Lake Victoria Region: Lessons of Experience English 30-Dec-11
Global Meeting Report, London 2011  
Almost 60 participants attended from Africa and Arab States (7), Asia and the Pacific (8), Europe (32), Latin America and the Caribbean (5) and North America (4) attended the first Global Meeting of the Habitat Partner University Initiative.
 Global Meeting Report, London 2011 English 2-Nov-11
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