Also available in: Russian The “miracle pine, ” a 250-year-old tree that survived the 2011 tsunami in Japan, has been preserved as a memorial to the 19, 000 victims of the disaster. (Photo via…

Ko Takeuchi |

Photo credit: World Bank In previous blogs on Fecal Sludge Management (FSM), we outlined the lack of appropriate attention given to FSM as a formal urban sanitation solution and we presented new…

Isabel Blackett, Peter Hawkins |

A motorized tricycle fitted with a small tank provides desludging services in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo credit: Kathy Eales / World Bank Our last blog outlined the neglect of Fecal Sludge…

Peter Hawkins, Isabel Blackett |

Photo: Eugene Phoen/Flickr We have all come across people whose homes have beautiful and always blooming plants and flowers – people with a so-called “green thumb”. But did you know that cities…

Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Jolanta Kryspin-Watson |

Overview of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Singapore. Photo: Stefan/Flickr As Vietnamese, we look very fondly to Singapore as a model for development in the region, especially fostered by a close…

Linh X. Le |

Photo: Songquan Deng/Flickr Singapore: the beautiful city state, famed for its lush gardens, splendid food, culturally diverse communities, and the cocktail Singapore Sling. I was there last week…

Henrike Brecht |