Climate-resilient urban planning – support for city authorities in the Philippines - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Climate-resilient urban planning – support for city authorities in the Philippines

As of: January 2022

The project advises the Philippine government on how to promote adaptation to climate change by means of appropriate policy measures, sustainable urban development plans and designs. With the aim of supporting the National Climate Change Action Plan and Nationally Determined Contributions, the institutional capacities on national and sub-national levels are strengthened to steer urban growth and COVID-19 green recovery by applying low emission and resilience principles and practices. The project enhances urban and settlement planning guidelines through policy advisory and model implementation activities. Five cities are supported to model resilient urban designs, and balance economic and ecological concerns amidst rapid urbanisation. As part of the IKI Corona Response Package two of these cities are assisted in green recovery from COVID-19 impacts. New policies, standards and practices on resilient urban management, including green recovery, will be developed, documented and published.

State of implementation/results

  • The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is leading the project´s steering committee.
  • Trainings on instruments for implementing climate resilient urban planning and design as well as workshops on monitoring and evaluation of climate mitigation measures were conducted for national governmental authorities. A mentoring programme on climate policy and urban development projects was successfully completed by the five partner cities (Angeles, Cagayan de Oro, Legazpi, Ormoc and Tagum).
  • A field exposure and learning exchange among the five partner cities and national partners was held in September 2019 in Tagum. It facilitated inter-city dialogue that helped enhance the cities’ urban adaptation projects based on other cities’ experiences and learnings.
  • As part of the IKI Green Recovery Support Package, the project integrates activities to support the economy to recover from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. Institutional capacities are strengthened at sub-national and national levels.
  • On the local level, the project conducted green recovery mentoring sessions and planning workshops in the two pilot cities Ormoc and Tagum . Ormoc City has mobilized cluster groups in various sectors to draft a green recovery plan, which takes stock of and harmonises the city’s existing and new projects and programs on social protection, environmental sustainability, and economic stability amidst climate risks and the current pandemic.-- On the national level, training workshops on Resilient and Green Recovery and policy development were conducted to strengthen the capacities of DHSUD planners to guide local government units, homeowners associations and developers to planning and designing climate-resilient plans and programs. Representatives from national authorities shared resilient and green recovery efforts under their respective mandates.
  • The analytical tool for Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) is currently being revised and enhanced based on consultations and workshops with DHSUD and key sectoral government agencies. A beta version of the tool shall include slow-onset climate change impacts, potential future risks based on trends and scenarios as well as health and health related risks in order to support a green and resilient recovery and resilience planning.
  • The project has participated in various exchange formats. For example, the two partner cities Ormoc and Cagayan de Oro presented their case on integrating climate and disaster risk assessment data analyses in their respective local plans and proposed urban design projects at the 12th Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week in November 2019 in the Philippines. Two cities (Tagum and Ormoc) submitted their urban adaptation design projects as official entries to the Bloomberg Philanthropies: 2021 Global Mayors Challenge on 21 March 2021.
  • The “Urban Resilience Investment Forum” was held in October and November 2020 as a strategic platform for relevant stakeholders to participate and discuss the current landscape of support for city climate action plans, issues in accessing financing solutions, and making finance flow from global and national sources down to the cities. The virtual event was jointly organised by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Climate Change Commission (CCC), and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). A total of almost 1,400 participants from local governments, national government agencies, private sector, financing institutions, donor agencies and academic institutions took part.

Project data


Implementing organisation:

Political partner(s):
  • Climate Change Commission (CCC) - Philippines
  • Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) - Philippines
  • League of Cities of the Philippines
  • National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) - Philippines
  • Republic of the Philippines, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD)

BMU grant:
2.687.706,00 €

03/2017  till  09/2022


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