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

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Building on similar successful steps, UN-Habitat conducted training workshops to provide guidance and capacity building in settlement planning so that stakeholders can implement local solutions and provide beneficiaries trained in efficient and sustainable land use.

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

Sharing knowledge and improving capacity 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 Interior, Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Environment, Jubaland Internally Displaced and Returnees Commission and vulnerable groups including youth and women, attended the October 2020 workshop.

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

“Ongoing urban planning ensures that the links are intertwined and takes into consideration spaces for recreation, vocational training and other skills-building activities,” said the coordinator of the Jubaland Durable Solutions Secretariat at the Ministry of Environment. Interior, Federalism and Reconciliation, Farah Abdinoor Ahmed.

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

The Spatial Plan specifically includes economic and environmental goals 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 have cultivated the tools and capacity to engage in urban habitat planning that reflects community priorities and needs.

“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, Program Manager of UN-Habitat. The project will support a second phase of training workshops that will deepen the capacity of stakeholders on the practical use of urban planning tools in the development of their communities.

Some examples that reflect the site’s sustainable planning include the setting aside of 1,300 hectares of land for agricultural purposes to provide livelihoods for displaced households, an emphasis on building social infrastructure including, but not limit, educational institutions, health centers and markets, the incorporation of a road safety plan to ensure road safety objectives and the rehabilitation of canals to benefit farmers from irrigation.

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

Distributed by APO Group for UN Habitat.