The UN-Habitat project “Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs,” funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), in cooperation with the Government of the Philippines, aims improving policies, regulations, and capacities to adapt to climate change through the promotion of climate-responsive sustainable urban development plans and designs.
The three-year project has come to a successful conclusion with the virtual investment forum in late November. We hope that the cities can develop many of the proposed pilot projects and urban transformation strategies. As UN-Habitat expert for urban planning, Thomas accompanied the project for the last three years and provided consultancy and policy recommendations in the fields of urban planning and design.
National partner agencies, UN experts, and local municipalities developed together with a National Guide on Climate Resilient Urban Plans and Designs as a reference for practitioners, communities, and institutions working on local planning and development. Within the program, local urban design solutions for climate change adaptation in five pilot cities (Ormoc, Tagum, Cagayan de Oro, Legazpi, and Angeles) were defined. The Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP) for each city have been reviewed, taking into account climate change risks, focusing on the most vulnerable areas defined in a collaborative process guided by the process of Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) in the five partner cities.
During this process, the partnering municipalities’ capacities have been strengthened, particularly regarding achieving climate change adaptation targets by locally implementing climate change adaptation projects.
Learn more about the project in these videos from UN-Habitat Philippines that we edited describing the process.
Congratulations to UN-Habitat Philippines for the exemplary project process!
Tagum plans to protect its most vulnerable residents by introducing holistic and integrated urban design solutions with the “Tagumpay Citywalk.”
The city of Ormoc proposed the Ormoc Urban Waterscape.
Legazpi is designing its city to adapt to the impacts of flooding, sea-level rise, and increasing urban temperatures.
Cagayan de Oro City plans to create urban-friendly green spaces by transforming vacant spaces into climate-adaptive recreational areas through Project LUNHAW.