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Understanding, Planning and Transforming Cities for a Better Urban Future - Integrated spatial planning for area-based investments towards a greater impact

A clear vision of where and how to grow is essential for cities to develop sustainably. However, urban plans and investment priorities often lack reliable data as well as strategic analysis of a city’s performance, needs and risks. Rather, they are set in an uncoordinated, piecemeal and ad-hoc fashion, based on short-term considerations. This event presents four case studies from Tajikistan, Jordan, Indian and Guinea, where urban planning is used to better understand cities, and identify suitable interventions that improve access to affordable and reliable services and socio-economic opportunities.

Windisch Roman

Moderator

date

Thursday, June 30, 2022

12:15-13:45

place
Multifunction Hall Room 11
organization
Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
country
Switzerland
language
English
theme
Integrated Governance in Spatial Planning for a More Just, Green, and Healthy Urban Future
Reference: 
NE 171

Summary

Many cities lack capacities to develop a clear vision of where and how they should grow, and to plan accordingly. Often, investment priorities are not based on reliable data as well as strategic analysis of a city’s performance, needs and risks. Rather, they are set in an uncoordinated, piecemeal and ad-hoc fashion, based on short-term considerations. This leads to inefficient spatial structures and urban sprawl, leaving a large share of the population and businesses with limited access to affordable and reliable services and socio-economic opportunities. To address these shortcomings, urban planning is a suitable approach to better understand cities, identify opportunities and to put in place actions that transform urban forms and systems for the better. Integrated spatial analytics and planning provide cities with a vision of what the urban form could look like and how it could function well. Integrated spatial plans identify challenges through participatory, evidence-based, and data-driven processes in consultation with the stakeholders and civic society while ensuring feasibility on the ground. Besides defining the structure and functionality of urban systems, the integrated strategic plan is an effective tool to translate the principles for sustainable development for adaptation to the local context. It integrates different sectoral plans, indicates priority areas for development and transformation to achieve the vision, provides inclusive solutions to urban problems within the local context, and consolidates and aligns development approaches at regional, city, and neighbourhood levels. The event is proposed to be a joint organisation of several institutions and agencies working on integrated and strategic spatial planning. The approaches/ methodologies and lessons learned from different contexts and in various cities will be presented and discussed to explore the positive outcomes of such processes. The case studies will Integration of spatial analytics on hazards and risk exposure into spatial planning in environmentally vulnerable mountain settlements in Central Asia (Tajikistan), Integration of analytics on urban services accessibility gaps into municipal investment planning in cities facing strong migration in/outfluxes of displaced populations in the Middle East (Jordan), Integration of urban sustainability indicators into spatial planning in densely populated, polluted, complex cities in South Asia (India), as well as inter-scalar considerations in master planning to balance socio-economic development and environmental protection in a metropolitan area (Guinea)

Objectives

The objective of the event is to bring together urban planning labs, institutions, foundations, donor organisations, practitioners and local governments to explore the commonalities of urban planning practices to understand the urban systems, plan for a sustainable urban future, and the development of impactful tools and approaches for transforming the urban areas. The event aims to trigger a discussion on impactful integrated and strategic spatial planning steps and approaches by sharing best practices from environmentally vulnerable mountain settlements in Central Asia (Tajikistan), densely populated, polluted, complex cities in South Asia (India), and cities facing pressure form intense migration fluxes in the Middle East (Jordan), as well as urban areas where the balance between socio-economic development and environmental protection in a metropolitan area in Guinea is essential. The event will expose the integrated and strategic spatial planning practices and how the operation of urban systems can be improved towards a sustainable and resilient urban future.

Session speakers

Speaker
Role
Organization
Country
Ms. Malika Giles
Programme Manager in Khorog Resiliency Programme
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat
Mr. Herman Pienaar
Head Urban Lab
UN Habitat
Ms Dagmar Vogel
Head Infrastructure Financing
SECO
Mr Alpha Oumar Diallo
National Director of Housing and Planning
Mr Ahmad Ziad Ahmad Abouhussen
Greater Amman Metro (GAM)
Ms Ellen Hamilton
Lead Urban Specialist
World Bank