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Department of Spatial Planning

Urbanisation and Risks

Worldwide, rapid urbanization of urban regions is contributing to an increase in disaster risks. The phenomenon of informal settlements in hazardous areas poses a particular challenge.
The past decades saw the Global South experiencing only a few locality-based resilience planning efforts which would have generated problem-solving practice models.

While focusing on global city competition and urban economy efficiency, extremely marginalised urban poor have been often excluded from national planning agendas, in­clu­ding those in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian coun­tries.

Urban risk governance and risk-based land use planning to reduce inhabitants’ socio-economic vulnerability and enhance community adaptive capacity for resilience has not gained wide efficacy.

Haphazard dumping in Coloong settlement, Valenzuela City in February 2018.