Advisory - Shaping Livable Cities

    OTTAWA, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Urbanization experts and practitioners
from across the developing world will gather in Ottawa June 16-20 to present
how they are transforming landfills, slums and streets to improve the lives of
the urban poor.
    Supported by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC),
teams from cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East will
exchange ideas and lessons on how they are making their cities healthier and
safer places to live. These teams are composed of researchers, field experts
and politicians. They are part of IDRC's Focus Cities Research Initiative, an
8-city project where communities act as urban laboratories, testing innovative
solutions to problems in such settings as landfill sites, urban agriculture
plots, and water treatment facilities.

    Here are just a few examples of this initiative's unique work:

    - Jakarta, Indonesia: Organic waste is collected from poor households
      every day and is sorted, shredded and composted in order to prevent
      the contamination of community water sources.
    - Kampala, Uganda: In Africa's "garden city," local government is working
      with the Kawaala-Kasubi community to transform garbage into
      electricity, convert organic waste into fertilizer, and improve
      agricultural production in urban plots.
    - Ariana Soukra, Tunisia: Small-scale farmers are developing new
      technologies to harvest greywater and rainwater to irrigate urban crops
      in a water-stressed environment.
    - Moreno, Argentina: People from different walks of life are working
      closely together to address waste management and water provisions to
      ensure that their neighbourhoods are safer.

    On Monday June 16 from 3:00-5:00 p.m, members of the media are invited to
meet the Focus City teams as they share their projects through exhibits that
will include photography, video and technologies. Experts from Senegal,
Uganda, Tunisia, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia will be
available for interviews in French, English, and Spanish. Spaces are limited
and journalists are encouraged to register by contacting Isabelle
Bourgeault-Tassé at or +1 613-236-6163 (ext.2343).

    For more information, visit

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40
years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 236-6163

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