Five years of building climate resiliency through better urban plans and designs: The BCRUPD Project

From 2017 to 2022, the BCRUPD project has improved capacities of national government agencies and local government units to promote and integrate urban adaptation planning and designs in their institutional policies and programs. It has also equipped cities to build back better from the impacts of pandemic with its Resilient and Green Recovery initiatives.

In partnership CCC, DILG, LCP, NEDA, and DHSUD, the project capacitated five cities – Ormoc, Cagayan de Oro, Tagum, Angeles, and Legazpi – on urban planning and design for climate resilience.

Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) is a capacity building project funded by the German government’s International Climate Initiative (IKI). It was implemented by UN-Habitat in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development, Climate Change Commission, Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Economic and Development Authority, and League of Cities of the Philippines. In support of the National Climate Change Action Plan and the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, BCRUPD made steps to enhance national and subnational government capacities to guide and manage urban growth and green recovery with resilience principles and practices.

The project also supplemented existing planning guidelines and develop knowledge through policy inputs, capacity development, and demonstration activities. Demonstration of innovative approaches in five cities with different ecosystems showcased contextualized processes and schemes to build urban resilience considering balanced economic and ecological sustainability in the face of rapid urbanization. Two of the five cities were assisted on resilient and green recovery from COVID-19 impacts through capacity building and national-subnational collaboration.

The project culminated on December 2022, launching key knowledge products on climate resilient human settlements and urban development.

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