Smart Cities Education Initiative | SCEI
Toni Richard Crisolli
Bulevar Kneza Aleksandra Karadjordjevica 13/A8, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Climate change and the need for smart cities
Climate change is the most complex challenge our globalized society faces today – yet, actions are few. While a fierce dispute over the anthropogenic origin of climate change is splitting scientist and politicians in believers, skeptics, or somewhat in-between, the effects of climate change are perfectly evident – with significant and immediate impact on our life.
The cities we live in today consume most of our natural resources. They are the main contributors to environmental pollution and greenhouse emissions. Regardless, for most, city-life equals to opportunity and progress. Therefore, people and businesses will keep gravitating towards urban centers in the future. Hence, our cities governments and decision makers need to be capable to address the challenges of urbanization and the impact of a changing environment, to be able to improve lives of citizens.
Via three dedicated projects, dealing with different key areas of sustainable urban development, FNF supports the development of local stakeholders by collaborating with regional and international networks of stakeholders, local decision makers, politicians, entrepreneurs, academia, and experts. The projects “Smart Cities”, “Responsive Cities” and “Connected Citizen” are support by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).