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Achieving the 2030 Agenda and implementing the New Urban Agenda: Strengthening urban and territorial planning capacities in the Asia and Pacific Region through the Spatial Planning Platform.

Day 1 – Tuesday, 15 October 2019
13:00 - 14:30
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Nora Steurer
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Lead Organization
Spatial Planning Platform Secretariat (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Government of Japan)
Partner Organizer(s)
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • UN-Habitat, ROAP
Lead Organizer(s)

The proposed session aims at presenting how territorial/spatial planning can contribute to achieving sustainable development in cities and regions including climate resilience throughout its whole process; feasibility studies, plan formulation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). There is a growing demand to ensure low emission and climate resilient cities and regions, however, at this stage not many practices and experiences have been shared with the best of territorial/spatial planning.

The importance of territorial/spatial planning in the context of climate change adaptation has been well established at all scales; national, sub -national, city and community level, as well as ecosystems (i.e. river basin, watershed, and forest).and across levels of governance (i.e. horizontal coordination e.g. at metropolitan level, across  boundaries and vertical coordination). Planning on climate change adaptation often coincides with the one on disaster risk reduction (DRR), for example, as seen in Joint National Action Plans (JNAPs). DRR plans and strategies often entail measures to ensure reducing exposure and vulnerability by controls in land use and development. Similarly, territorial/spatial planning contributes to low emission development and climate change mitigation by limiting unplanned urban expansion and sprawl, and encouraging non-motorized transport networks (such as TOD), which will result in carbon sinks.

The session will enhance sharing of experiences and knowledge among various stakeholders, notably policy makers and practioners at all territorial levels, the private sector, civil society representatives and academia. It will also provide a great opportunity to learn each other through lively discussion among the panels and the floor how territorial/spatial planning will facilitate dialogues and coordination among various stakeholders across sectors/groups and levels of governments which is imperative in the implementation at local level.

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Bangladesh, Malaysia, Kiribati, Japan

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