The BCRUPD Project

Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) is a capacity building project funded by the German government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI), and is being implemented by UN-Habitat in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Climate Change Commission (CCC), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP). 

In support of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (I/NDC), it will enhance national and subnational government capacities to guide and manage urban growth and green recovery with resilience principles and practices. 

The project will supplement existing planning guidelines and develop knowledge through policy inputs, capacity development, and demonstration activities. Demonstration of innovative approaches in five cities with different ecosystems will showcase contextualized processes and schemes to build urban resilience considering balanced economic and ecological sustainability.

Climate Challenges
and the Cities

Level of urbanisation in the Philippines grew from 45.3% in 2010 to 51.2% in 2015.
– Philippine Statistics Authority, March 2019

Cities generate 70% of global carbon emissions and consume two-thirds of the world’s energy.
– World Cities Report 2020: The Value of  Sustainable Urbanization

In the Asia Pacific region, around 742 million urban dwellers are facing high or extreme multiple hazards; this number could reach nearly 1 billion by 2030. Climate change will intensify the urban heat island effect.
– UN-Habitat and UN ESCAP, 2018 (Climate Change and National Urban Policies In Asia And The Pacific) 

The Philippines ranks 4th among countries most affected by extreme weather events from 2000 to 2019.
– Global Climate Risk Index, 2021

Strategizing for Urban Climate Resilience

Support the Philippine government to improve policies, regulations, and capacities for climate change adaptation by promoting climateresponsive sustainable urban development plans and designs.

Project Partners

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Sharing Knowledge

Partner with UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat Philippines hopes to create socially and environmentally sustainable cities, provinces, villages and barangays in the Philippines, and welcomes partnerships with government, international agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector.

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) acts as the primary national government entity responsible for the management of housing, human settlement and urban development. It the sole and main planning and policy-making, regulatory, program coordination, and performance monitoring entity for all housing, human settlement and urban development concerns, primarily focusing on the access to and the affordability of basic human needs.

DHSUD is a key government partner and the Chair of the Project Steering Committte of UN-Habitat’s Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD).

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is the most important instrument utilised by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) to support international climate action and biodiversity. With the IKI, the BMU supports solution strategies in developing and emerging countries that seek to achieve sustainable change. IKI is the funding agency of UN-Habitat’s Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs (BCRUPD).

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is the sole policy-making body of the government tasked to coordinate, monitor and evaluate the programs and action plans of the government relating to climate change pursuant to the provisions of the Philippine Climate Change Act (RA 9729).

CCC is a key government partner and member of the Project Steering Committee of UN-Habitat’s Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD).

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assists local government units to effectively and efficiently deliver services to their constituents. DILG formulates policies, plans, and programs to enhance local autonomy, focusing particularly on the administrative, technical, and fiscal capacities of LGUs.

DILG is a key government partner of UN-Habitat as member of the Project Steering Committte of Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) and Co-Chair of the Project Adivsory Committee of UN-Habitat’s Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) is the official organization of all cities in the Philippines, created by virtue of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 to ventilate, articulate, and crystallize issues affecting city governance and provide corresponding solutions.

LCP is a key government partner of UN-Habitat as member of the Project Steering Committte of Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) andthe Project Adivsory Committee of Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) The National Economic and Development Authority is the country’s premier socioeconomic planning body, highly regarded as the authority in macroeconomic forecasting and policy analysis and research. It provides high-level advice to policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch.

NEDA is a key government partner of UN-Habitat as member of the Project Steering Committee of the Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD); it also provides consult to the Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI).

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