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I4 - Challenges and opportunities for urban resilience in informal settlements

Session Description

Facilitator: Nicola Tollin, Executive Director, RESURBE International Program on Urban Resilience, Recycling Cities Network RECNET, Barcelona, Spain 

Panelists: 

  • Nicola Tollin, Executive Director, RESURBE International Program on Urban Resilience, Recycling Cities Network RECNET, Barcelona, Spain
  • Duván López, Ph.D. Researcher UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at Technical University of Catalunya and Recycling Cities Network RECNET, Barcelona, Spain 
  • Ranell Dedicatoria, Regional Program Manager, ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat, Quezon, The Philippines
  • Diego García, Director, Region Central, Bogotá, Colombia(tbc)

Organized by: Recycling Cities Network (RECNET) and UNESCO Chair on Sustainability - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)


 

The panel aims to discuss the difficulties faced to promote adaptation and resilience on territories occupied by informal settlements and highlight key success factors of interventions on these territories, in terms of positive spatial transformations, social inclusion and sustainability.

Even though the strong efforts done by governmental agencies with the support of human sciences, to better approach informal settlements during territorial interventions, informality is still a gap on resilience building. 

Certain informal settlements and dynamics especially on the global south used to imply serious complexity and conflicts of interests with institutional formal projects and initiatives. The option for simplified approaches or the imposition of vertical decisions usually to elude such conflictive social realities usually result on increasing of resistance against territorial interventions, especially when transformations affect everyday life on human groups and the social construction of the space. 

The panel pretends to explore those challenges faced to construct social resilience and adaptation within informal settlements, based on empirical findings from practical experiences with decisive social inclusion strategies. Complexities of informality would be analyzed not just as difficulties but opportunities to project better solutions, more socially appropriated and sustainable.