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Addressing Disaster Risk through Improved Indicators and Land Use Management: ADB Naga City Case Studies
16 January 2015 - 15 June 2015
Location: Naga City Philippines
Sponsored by: Asian Development Bank

Background of the project

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is implementing a regional technical assistance (TA) project to strengthen access to tools and guidelines on risk-sensitive land use planning and urban development processes in the Asia-Pacific. The TA is expected to produce two regional outputs: (1) a guidebook on integrating disaster risk management (DRM) into urban development process, with sector notes on risk-sensitive land use planning, risk-sensitive urban redevelopment, and risk-sensitive water, waste water, and storm water drainage system development; and (2) a discussion paper on incentives/disincentives for investing in DRM.

Three (3) study sites have been selected for the project, namely Naga City in the Philippines, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Da Nang in Vietnam. In this context, ADB has entered into a contract with EMI to develop two case studies specific to Naga City (Philippines) on risk-sensitive land use planning and incentives for investing in urban DRM.

Objectives of the Case Studies

In developing the case studies, the Risk-sensitive Land Use Planning (RSLUP) Specialist and the Urban DRM (Incentives) Specialist will:

  • Collect and review the various plans undertaken by Naga City Government related to disaster risk management and urban planning, including: Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan; Disaster Contingency Plan; Development Plan; Climate Risk Action Plan; Zoning and Construction Control Processes; and outputs of any hazard mapping completed for the City;
  • Study the institutional arrangement for the development and implementation of these plan and their relevance and influence on specific Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning (RSLUP) practices in Naga City;
  • Review and document development practices adopted by the City that aim to strengthen resilience;
  • Understand successes and failures and identify impediments in the implementation of the disaster risk management and reduction agenda of the City;
  • Collect information on different types of incentives provided by the national and city governments to promote inclusive and
    sustainable urban development;
  • Identify relevant incentives that directly or indirectly contribute towards strengthening disaster and climate resilience;
    Identify different options for incentives that could help remove implementation bottlenecks;
  • Provide recommendations on different types of incentives relevant to Naga City; and
  • Formulate suggestions on follow-up actions required for further development of specific incentives.

Analytical Framework and Methodology

The development of the Naga City case studies on risk-sensitive land use planning and incentives for investing in urban DRM will employ a three-pronged approach:

  1. Desk Research
    Conduct of review of relevant documents on urban development planning processes, guidelines and tools currently being used to
    integrate DRM and climate change adaptation in land use planning, as well as national government and city-level initiatives being
    undertaken to mainstream DRM in urban development.
  2. City-level Consultations
    Collection of additional information needed to support the development of the case studies through city-level consultations, which will include key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and stakeholder workshops. Read about the first field investigation.
  3. Analysis
    Analysis of information gathered to identify and describe existing processes for integrating DRM considerations in urban development, issues that limit investments in urban DRM, and types of incentives to encourage stakeholders to invest in urban DRM.

The findings from the study will be summarized in the report that would also indicate the effectiveness of the current policies and plans in the mainstreaming of DRR in urban and land use planning.

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