Shared Growth Seminar
Arch/EnP Sylvia Clemente in SGRA Sustainable Shared Growth Seminar #20
REVISITING MANILA’S COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN PREPARATION FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND A MORE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GROWTH PATTERN
The problem of climate-induced natural disasters in Metro Manila has been evident in recent years with such damage to the ecological environment, public infrastructure, private properties, loss of lives, negative impact on economic growth and development, with Manila being the most vulnerable and at risk. Other issues related to planning such as gentrification, destruction of historic structures, informal settlements and reclamation continue to pose major challenges to Manila.
The “climate/disaster proofing” planning processes as approach to land use planning can mitigate its negative impacts. International best practices related to this method and other planning models such as sustainable design, transit-oriented development can also be applied. The proposed policy recommendations through proper zoning, identification of protected areas and conservation easements, revitalization of historic districts, and identification of priority programs/projects can serve as inputs to Manila’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance towards a more disaster-resilient and sustainable city development.
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Arch./EnP Sylvia D. Clemente
University of Santo Tomas