UN-Habitat trainings on sustainable development planning to serve as a benchmark for locally led sustainable settlement solutions

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Building on similar successful steps, UN-Habitat organized training workshops to provide advice and capacity building on facility planning so that stakeholders can implement local solutions and provide training to beneficiaries. on efficient and sustainable use of land.

The training workshops organized by UN-Habitat were part of the project “Sustainable, Safe and Sustainable Integration of Returnee Refugees and Host Communities in Urban Areas of Kismayo, Somalia”, funded by the Embassy of Japan.

Knowledge sharing and capacity building will help the Somali government in its plans to resettle up to 1,200 refugee and internally displaced person (IDP) households in Luglow, Kismayo district.

Twenty-five participants from the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, the Ministry of the Environment, the Commission for Internally Displaced Persons and Returnees from Jubaland and vulnerable groups, including young people and women, attended the October 2020 workshop.

“The planning workshops organized by UN-Habitat have created hope for the host community, IDPs and returnees who will settle in Luglow. Through the trainings the community has gained increased awareness and knowledge of the importance of having proper settlement plans and how it can positively contribute to the economic growth of Luglow and the surrounding villages ”, said Luglow village chief Mohamed Omar Abdi.

“The ongoing urban planning ensures that the links are closely linked and takes into consideration spaces for recreation, vocational training and other skills upgrading activities,” said Farah, coordinator of the Jubaland Sustainable Solutions Secretariat at Ministry of the Interior, Federalism and Reconciliation. Abdinoor Ahmed.

The positive impact of the trainings is reflected in the current draft site plan which includes not only immediate solutions to displacement, but also solutions to long-term urban development and the economic integration of internally displaced people. countries (IDPs), returnees and host communities living near the Luglow site and in the town of Kismayo.

The territorial plan specifically includes economic and environmental objectives to help build a strong, responsive and competitive economy by ensuring that enough land of the right type is available at the right time and in the right place.

It would also protect and enhance the natural and historic environment by using land efficiently and minimizing waste and pollution, thereby mitigating and adapting to climate change. Through this project, stakeholders cultivated the tools and ability to engage in planning for urban settlements that reflect the priorities and needs of the community.

“The continued engagement and development of the Luglow site by stakeholders who participated in the first phase of capacity building training demonstrates how effective community-based approaches are for sustainable approaches to urban development,” said Falastin. Omar, UN-Habitat program manager. The project will support a second phase of training workshops that deepen the capacity of stakeholders on the practical use of urban planning tools in the development of their communities.

Some examples that reflect the sustainable planning of the site include reserving 1,300 hectares of land for agriculture to provide livelihoods for displaced households, the emphasis on building social infrastructure including but not limited to limit, educational establishments, health centers and markets, the incorporation of a road safety plan to ensure road safety objectives and the rehabilitation of canals for the benefit of irrigation farmers.

Phase two of the Luglow Town Planning Workshop training is the second such capacity building workshop. In 2020, UN-Habitat organized the first phase of workshops on sustainable development planning in Kismayo as part of a project, also funded by the Embassy of Japan, which focused on the sustainable integration of returnee refugees and host communities in urban areas of Kismayo.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of UN Habitat.