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Workshop October 2020

Following the two stakeholder workshops held at UP SURP in February 2018 and 2020 respectively, this online validation workshop series covers updated concerns and interests of the stakeholders, particularly the shift on their agencies’ strategies and activities on how to adapt to COVID-19 global pandemic. We are keen to learn how our stakeholders advise the national government on developing policies that emphasize the impacts COVID-19 in sustaining livelihoods; and how the Local Government Units respond to the overlay of multi-hazard and the most critical livelihood issues experienced by the ISFs. 

Objectives of this online workshop series include the following:

  • To consolidate contact with key stakeholders and learn their updated concerns regarding LIRLAP work packages (WPs) and issues beyond; 
  • To initiate start-up short training program;
  • To validate the project preliminary results and identify missing knowledge gaps;
  • To screen potential viable strategies, disseminate research outcomes and prepare for R&D phase; and
  • To preliminarily set up a range of scenarios for LIRLAP conditioned with current uncertainties and impacts brought about by the pandemic.

Outcomes of this online workshop series
Besides output derived from each individual work package the following outcomes were derived: 

  • Synchronized results will be used for the full proposal writing of the subsequently planned four-year R&D phase (2021-2024) in collaboration with the two cooperation above-mentioned partners from Germany, UP SURP (as local hub) and ASEAN partners Thailand and Vietnam, particularly on channeling the regional interests of climate resilience into an international discourse. 
  • Key results will form the basis for a special issue of the journal “Sustainability” on "Sustainable Planning of Urban Regions (ISSN 2071-1050)" (guest editor Prof. Stefan Greiving, LIRLAP project coordinator, TU Dortmund University Germany).

Preliminary research results of LIRLAP four work packages (WPs) in the current phase:
WP1-Risk Trends
: Drivers for past urbanization as well as possible future trends for the Manila metropolitan region were identified by evaluating past urban growth by a satellite-based evaluation (e.g. Landsat). The key drivers were compromising based on a trend analysis: urbanization rates, population growth and migration patterns as well as a visual cataloguing of informal settlements. Also, spatial data from a study of households living directly on the city's main waterways were used. In addition, a prototype of an urban growth model using SLEUTH was set up in the second half of the definition phase. 

WP2-Resilient Upgrading: Based on the multi-dimensions of upgrading, case selection criteria concluded that ISFs’ views on risks, their coping capacity and their social acceptance of upgrading as pivotal. Existing infrastructure of settlements, as well as their potential integration into the surrounding urban fabric are due to be considered. It was discovered that on-site upgrading has a low priority for the government and there lacks a holistic approach regarding sustainable livelihoods and leveraging upgrading to a city-region level. Four types of onsite upgrading typologies have been summarized as follows: housing structure improvement, site development, land readjustment and legal instrument, e.g. securing land tenure. 

WP3-Resilient Retreat: The findings led to a preliminary stakeholder matrix representing the network of all stakeholders involved in resilient urban development planning at the national, regional, local and civil society levels. It provides an understanding of the complex governance structure of the Metro Manila region. A literature review on the measurability of resilience and the success factors of resettlement projects was carried out. Final output is a settlement typology on retreat and resettlement projects. 

WP4-Capacity building: A review and analysis of existing training courses and a capacity needs analysis was undertaken. Two course curricula on the topics of Integration of Community Resiliency in Urban Shelter Planning and Management and on Smarter Urban Governance for Settlements Development Planning and Management were developed. A draft of a Dual PhD agreement was coordinated with the TU Dortmund University. 

Around 50 participants came from relevant national, regional and local government agencies, universities and research institutions experts (from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Germany), civil society, international organizations (approx. 50 people). 

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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