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D1 - Resilient resettlement in post-disaster recovery and internal displacement contexts

Session Description

Facilitator: Diane Archer, Senior Researcher, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK


  • Challenges and lessons learned after Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, the Philippines
    Gerald Paragas, Urban and Environmental Planner, Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Philippines
  • Understanding climate risks to transform resettlement policies and support local processes of risk governance
    Duván López, Ph.D. Researcher UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at Technical University of Catalunya and Recycling Cities Network RECNET, Barcelona, Spain; and
    Jordi Morato, Coordinator UNESCO Chair on Sustainability, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain
  • Supporting refugee self-reliance: Lessons from Kampala, Uganda
    Robert Hakiza, Executive Director, Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID), Kampala, Uganda

Organized by: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Cities efforts to proactively respond in disaster recovery contexts are weakened by the complexity and challenges related to planning, designing and implementing sustainable community resettlement. Although recovery and reconstruction planning is essential to ensure preparedness, a comprehensive response is highly dependent on cautious and thoughtful implementation. This is especially true considering that vulnerable communities with low adaptive capacity are often the most adversely affected by the immediate impacts of climate change as they are excluded from the formal urbanization process and commonly occupy unplanned and informal settlements located in high risk areas.

This session will explore the common challenges faced by local governments in post-disaster recovery contexts exploring different aspects of community resettlement, such as, the involvement of affected populations in the planning and implementation phases, the provision of basic infrastructure, the creation of livelihoods opportunities, the maintenance of social structures and long term resilience building. Participants will hear lessons learned from the City of Tacloban applying strategies in response to Typhoon Haiyan damages and humanitarian crisis following a framework developed in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat). After that, the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña will propose a discussion around the suitability of current resettlement policies applied in Bogota, Colombia and present a model of intervention focused on strengthening social capital and the autonomy of communities. Finally, the Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID) will share their experience empowering refugees, orphans and internally displaced persons in Kampala, Uganda to overcome the burdens of deprivation and vulnerability to become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society.