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Charles Hoch, Professor Emeritus of urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois, talks about the challenges of regional planning in the United States. As opposed to Europe where spatial planning prevails, the notion of urban planning is more dominant here, and Hoch uses the Chicago region as a case study.

Belinda Yuen, a town planner and expert in mass housing, presents an account of Singapore’s public housing, the evolution of concepts and strategies for high-rise urban planning, and the diverse common spaces that have been designed for a higher quality of life.

This presentation by Manfred Stähli and Marcel Hürlimann for the 2016 CCES Competence Center Environment and Sustainability conference entitled “Natural Hazards and Risks in Alpine Environments - From Science to Early Warning Systems” highlights the challenges and goals of weather forecasting related to climate-related disasters and emergency responses.

This study focuses on the social conflict arisen from the use of camera traps for conservation practices and the “human bycatch,” namely captured images of people occurring mostly unintentionally. The authors argue for the necessity of policy guidelines to counter possible repercussion on the use of the camera trap, which is recognized as a resourceful tool for wildlife monitoring and photography.

A 20th-century photograph of Salo de Tequendema in Colombia, taken by Gumersindo Cuéllar Jiménez.

The Golillas Dam, one of the works of the Chingaza Páramo project, was the largest infrastructural project in the history of water supply for Bogotá during the twentieth century.

The authors promote the idea of “Natural Governance” as a new approach to conservation based on three pillars, namely ecology, cooperation, and cultural systems.

The author investigates the lives of Tibetan pastoralists in alpine wetlands, how they understand wetlands, and how politics, market forces, and religious norms cooperate to produce their relationships with their livestock and their lands.

Through a case study of the nickel mine Ambatovy in Madagascar, the authors explore local perceptions of the magnitude and distribution of impacts of biodiversity offset projects on local well-being.

In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism warns the reader about the possibility that we have already entered a catastrophic time, determined by the apparently uncontrollable impact of anthropogenic activities and the incapability of governments and authorities to respond effectively.