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Department of Spatial Planning

is co-producing climate-adapted upgrading and retreat schemes with inhabitants to elevate livelihoods; mainstreaming locally viable strategies for upgrading and retreat and integrating resilience planning


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LIRLAP WP2 Resilience Upgrading Conducted Community Workshop and Gaming Simulation Workshop, in Metro Manila, February 2024

Crafted by: Team of LIRLAP WP2 Resilience Upgrading, March 2024.

Spearheaded by LIRLAP WP2 Philippine team, research specialists composed of Prof. David Yap, Prof. Sheilah Napalang, and Mr. Vincent Eugenio along with LIRLAP Philippine Project Coordinator Ms. Sonia Islam worked together with Dr. Juan Du from TU Dortmund and Prof. Mathias Kaiser from KaiserIngenieure Dortmund, on two back-to-back workshops during the second week of February 2024. Their overarching mission was to empower local stakeholders and collaboratively explore solutions for the upgrading pilot site ULHOA in Canumay East, Valenzuela city. They aimed to identify innovative and adjustable planning instruments for the pilot site, during its transition from being an informal and disaster-prone area to a permanent, livable and safe settlement at an acceptable level.

UP SURP Hosts LIRLAP Gaming Simulation Workshop on Building Floor Resilience

On 23 February 2024, UP SURP hosted the gaming simulation workshop organized by the Linking Disaster Risk Governance and Land-Use Planning (LIRLAP) project to develop flood proofing concepts for Kasiglahan Village, a resettlement area in San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal.

The workshop gathered a multi-sectoral assembly of participants from national government agencies, local government units, concerned formations, and residents of the area. UP SURP faculty and staff shared their expertise and assisted in the conduct of the two-part gaming simulation which explored various structural means of coping with the flood and investigated the ways in which the proposed measures can be adopted in line with the current practices being implemented.

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The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding this project within the framework of the Strategy „Research for Sustainability" (FONA).