Brisbane City, 3-5 July 2018 – Twenty-one delegates from around the Philippines took part in an international field exposure and learning exchange from 3 to 5 July 2018, as part of the Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) project being implemented by UN-Habitat Philippines.

The city of Brisbane in Australia hosted participants from the Climate Change Commission (CCC), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), and the cities of Angeles, Legazpi, Ormoc, Tagum, and UN-Habitat Philippines.


Street-level knowledge sharing session

The main objectives of the learning exchange were to share lessons from urban adaptation, design, and climate resilience projects implemented and managed in Brisbane and Queensland, generate discussion and ideas exchanges on related urban planning and design ideas, and identify lessons that could inform key action points and recommendations to improve national agency and local government services in the Philippines.

“This learning visit made me realize that national policies will not be very effective unless it is really filtered down to the local authorities who are actually the prime movers and implementors of climate change actions.”
—Commissioner Ria Golez, HLURB


BCRUPD learning exchange delegates with representatives from HLURB, DILG, CCC, LCP, UN-Habitat, and the cities of Angeles, Ormoc, Legazpi and Tagum

Participants began the three day program with Brisbane City Councillor David McLachlan, Chairman of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee. Councillor McLachlan spoke of the key climate resilience challenges facing Brisbane, and stressed the importance of good planning, good governance, and working closely with communities to improve the city’s climate resilience.

Officers from Brisbane City Council shared the development and implementation of strong and innovative strategies, policies, and plans for urban design, climate and flood resilience, and urban biodiversity.

On the final day of the program, participants were hosted by the Department of Environment and Science at the Queensland Government, with support from Griffith University (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and Climate Change Response Program) and the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Site visits to 480 Queen Street and the Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point Campus enhanced practical understandings of climate resilient urban design in the subtropical Brisbane climate.

The program reflected the diversity of participants, their institutions, and the need for horizontal and vertical coordination in climate change governance and action.

Key HLURB recommendations developed out of this learning exchange include the review and enhancement of guidelines on urban design, improvement of the Development Control Handbook and the preparation of training modules on climate sensitive urban design for local government units. The DILG on the other hand emphasized the need to include urban planning dimension on the preparation of Comprehensive Development Plans and the assessment of enforcement of zoning ordinances.

The Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans & Designs  project is supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety under the International Climate Initiative.
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UN-Habitat needs a short-term consultant to document technical sessions of the Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change in Urban Development being held on 26–27 July 2018, at Novotel Manila, Philippines.

Working in coordination with UN-Habitat team, the short-term consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Guided by the workshop programme, document the substantive discussions and ensure that inputs, queries, comments, and elaborations on workshop outputs are covered:
  • highlights of presentations (per topic) as reflected in the program
  • highlights of sharing of efforts and initiatives on GHG inventory/management and  formulation of LCCAP
  • essential questions and answers on specific topics
  • capture the substantive discussions and outputs of the workshops (as indicated in the program)
  • messages of invited resource persons
  1. Capture and summarize action points discussed and agreed upon.
  2. Consolidate all presentation materials and workshop outputs; organize them into folders and subfolders based on the programme segments and/or sequence of events; and include a link to them in the documentation report.
  3. Integrate post evaluation results into the documentation report.
  4. Submit the documentation report 5 working days after the last day of the workshop.
  5. Submit final documentation report after one revision round, reflecting comments, feedback, inputs, or changes 3 working days upon receipt of the prescribed revisions.

Full Terms of Reference Here:
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Urbanization has brought both opportunities and challenges for development and growth. Our cities, which are centres of economic activity, are home to over 50% of the global population; represent between 70%-80% of the world’s total emission of greenhouse gases; and have increased the pressure on limited land resources. At the same time, urban areas are already experiencing negative climate change impacts such as higher sea levels, more heat waves, intense storms and heavy precipitation and extended drought events. These impacts are heavily affecting the vulnerable population and causing major loss of life, social disruption and economic hardship.

National urban policies are regarded as an essential instrument for addressing urbanization challenges and identifying opportunities for action. In 2017, the mainstreaming of the urban dimensions of climate change into the Philippines’ National Urban Development and Housing Framework (NUDHF), 2017-2023, has been completed. Through this mainstreaming process, the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), as well as 14 other national government agencies which were part of the technical working group, was assisted and provided capacity building through a ‘learning by doing’ process. Benefitting from lessons learned of this process, local authorities are currently being assisted in implementing/applying the climate change considerations highlighted in the NUDHF in the formulation of their local climate change action plans and integrated development plans.

The Roundtable Discussion on Climate Change in Urban Development aims to provide a space for discussion of and agreements on the key elements of the NUDHF, and the entry points to highlight the urban dimension and built environment in the NCCAP and the NDCs. The event will bring together multiple actors in the urban ecosystem—policymakers, national and local government representatives, the private sector, academics and practitioners- to co-generate ideas and scalable solutions and recommend policies, strategies and actions for addressing urban climate issues; and explore policies and actions needed to deepen the linkages between climate action and sustainable urban development.

Download the full concept note and programme HERE.

 

PROGRAMME

DOWNLOADABLE FILES

Reference Documents

Experts’ Presentations

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For more information, please contact:
Rea Epistola – rea.epistola@un.org – 09778313985
Juyeon Maeng – juyeon.maeng@un.org
France Dacumos – dacumosf.ccc@gmail.com – 09950059404
 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT – Philippines
DUTY STATION: Metro Manila, Philippines
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Urban Planner for Climate Change
PROJECT REFERENCE Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs
KEY GOVERNMENT PARTNER Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB)
CONTRACT MODALITY Local Individual Contractor (LICA, full-time)
DURATION 1 August 2018 to 31 December 2018, extendable depending on funding availability and performance

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promote and innovate climate change actions to both national and local levels in areas of urban planning and design
  • Directly support the implementation of project activities based on the agreed project strategies and work plan in a consultative manner
  • Support resource mobilization activities and promote UN-Habitat’s mandate and capacity as a strategic partner in pursuing sustainable urban development and resiliency
  • Ensure that the project strategies and activities are coherent and contributing to the overall Country Program of the Philippines such as SDG 11 and the Philippines’ New Urban Agenda
  • Provide technical advise on how to integrate climate change adaptations in the prioritization and development of urban design projects at the city level
  • Act as the national consultant and resource person in the enhancement or updating of Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAPs) of BCRUPD partner cities
  • Provide technical support in mainstreaming climate change (climate resilient urban plans and designs) to national urban policy dialogues, national partners’ tools and supplemental guide enhancement particularly the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) and the Comprehensive Development Plan of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
  • Work closely with the project team particularly the Project Coordinator and Training Officer and formulate the capacity development plan for the national partner agencies
  • Coordinate with the City Coordinators and other consultants in delivering the activities and outputs

 

QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIAL SKILLS OR KNOWLEDGE:

Education:

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Urban Planning, Environmental Planning or related disciplines.

Experience and skills:

  • A minimum of five (5) years’ work experience in urban planning or environmental planning and land use planning
  • Handled or managed multi-year projects on climate change and urban planning issues
  • Must be familiar with city and municipal planning processes
  • With experience on developing normative and policy papers, and development of capacity building plans relative to sustainable urban development and climate resiliency
  • Familiarity with climate change and urbanization issues in the Philippines
  • With involvement in mainstreaming climate change issues into national policies and strategies
  • Served as a resource person in areas of climate adaptation, urban planning, DRR and public policy development
  • With experience on land use planning and local climate change action planning
  • Mature approach, good communication skills, interpersonal management, and proficient in written and spoken English.

 

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