Climate-resilient urban planning – support for city authorities in the Philippines
As of: May 2021
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
- As part of the IKI Green Recovery Support Package, the project integrates activities to support the economy in recovering from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. Institutional capacities will be strengthened at sub-national and national levels, and the advisory portfolio will be expanded to include disaster risk.
- The newly founded Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is now 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. The mentoring programme on climate policy and urban development projects was successfully completed for 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.
- 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.
- The project leveraged UN-Habitat´s Urban October 2019 as a platform to circulate its advocacies to a wider audience through the campaigns Youth Design Exchange and The Mayors' Urban Challenge.