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The Convergence of Science and Engineering for Sustaining Coastal Landscapes – Case Study: Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast

Following the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the State of Louisiana assembled experts in coastal restoration as well as transportation and levee specialists to develop the first fully integrated plan to save coastal Louisiana in history – Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection: Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. The plan is a paradigm of cooperation, employing a comprehensive, systems approach to protect Louisiana's coast, its population, vital infrastructure, and habitat in a place of world ecological significance.

Why is Urban Assistance Important? Inserting Urban Issues Into the Development Agenda

This will be the concluding seminar of the CUSP series on Global Urban Poverty. Attendance is limited.

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor: The Orangi Pilot Project in Karachi, Pakistan and Density & Urban Form in Dakar, Senegal

According to the United Nations, over one billion people lack access to clean water and over two billion have no access to sanitation, the primary cause of diseases like cholera that take the lives of more than 6,000 children in poor countries every day. This seminar will examine the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) in Karachi, Pakistan. The OPP was established in 1980 with the purpose of overcoming the constraints faced by the government in regularizing and improving katchi abadis (squatter settlements on government land). Dr.

Housing for the Urban Poor

Almost one-third of the world's urban population lives in slums, making the provision of adequate housing a top priority for city residents as well as for national and local governments in the developing world. On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 the Comparative Urban Studies Project organized a seminar on "Housing for the Urban Poor" that examined slum upgrading efforts as well as the role of slum dwellers as active agents in the process of meeting human settlement challenges.

City Solutions for Urbanization, Slums, and the Urban Poor

Date: Monday, March 26, 2007
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Address: One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Please join the Urban Development Workgroup for a discussion on City Solutions for Urbanization, Slums, and the Urban Poor. The discussion will focus on the state of urban issues and ways to prepare for an urban future. Panelists will highlight lessons learned and prevention of future slums.

Urban Housing and Policy Exchange with the International Community: HUD's experience

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2007
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: U.S. Department of Urban Housing and Development
Address: 451 7th Street, SW (South Lobby Entrance)

The Urban Development Workgroup is pleased to invite you to attend a presentation to learn more about the vital service that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides to the international development community.

Urban Crime and Violence

On March 21, 2007 the Comparative Urban Studies Program hosted a seminar to discuss research and activity emerging in the field about the causes, costs and consequences of urban violence, highlighting innovative policy responses to the problem.

Sustainable Transportation Services for the Urban Poor

On February 20, 2007, the Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP) organized a seminar to discuss sustainable transportation services for the urban poor. Ellen Brennan Galvin, lecturer & senior research scholar at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University and CUSP advisory board member, pointed out that the links between poverty and transportation have long been ignored.

Water and Sanitation Services for the Urban Poor

Gordon McGranahan, head of the Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), discussed the importance of local and community engagement in the provision of water and sanitation services for the urban poor. Although the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) bring important attention to the problems of unserved urban populations, the international framework for monitoring has produced statistics that are meaningless and often misleading. What is needed, McGranahan argued, are statistics that drive local action and monitor local progress.