The Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning of the College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños will be hosting the first International Conference on Human Settlements Planning and Development (ICHSPD) in Manila, Philippines on July 23-25, 2018 with the theme, “Tracking Efforts in Achieving Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Communities”. The conference will focus on efforts and practices of academic and research institutions, government and non-government organizations and practitioners towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11): to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Actors working towards SDG 11 will have the opportunity to showcase their insights and initiatives in the conference which in return will function as an avenue for further collaborations and partnerships.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE
- Discuss vital issues and challenges on human settlements planning and development;
- Identify solutions, opportunities and best practices in addressing sustainability and resilience of human settlements; and
- Foster linkages and partnership among organizations and institutions working towards achieving safe, resilient and sustainable cities and communities.
ICHSPD2018 has been structured to include four major sub-themes namely:
SAFE: ENSURING SAFETY AND SECURITY IN CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Topics for this sub-theme include, but not limited to, the following: transportation and mobility; food and nutrition security; peace and order; water and sanitation; pollution and waste management; housing and infrastructure; and human rights-based approach.
RESILIENT: BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS
Topics for this sub-theme include, but not limited to the following: human settlements in transition; land use planning; ecosystem-based adaptation and management; resilient housing and infrastructure design; climate change and disasters; and island resiliency.
INCLUSIVE: BREAKING BARRIERS FOR INCLUSIVE HUMAN SETTLEMENTS
Topics for this sub-theme include, but not limited to the following: economic development for all; socialized housing and resettlement; gender and development; capacity building and education; accessible and inclusive public and urban spaces; participatory planning and public participation; empowerment of indigenous peoples in planning; planning for special needs (persons with disabilities, internally displaced people, vulnerable groups); and public-private partnership.
SUSTAINABLE: ADVANCING EFFORTS TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Topics for this sub-theme include, but not limited to the following: sustainable urban growth; urban/rural migration; cultural and natural heritage; sustainable energy systems; green economy and financing; sustainable tourism; and environmental governance.
The International Conference on Human Settlements Planning and Development 2018 is being hosted by the Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning (DCERP) of the College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Banos. DCERP was founded in 1983 and functions within the harmonizing framework of humans in relation to their environment. Its ultimate aim is to contribute towards the national goal of improving the quality of life and general well-being of the Filipino people.
Its vision is to be a leading institution providing high quality education, research, and public service in human settlements planning towards sustainable development; with the mission to develop and promote sustainable and resilient human settlements through:
- Education of environmental planning professionals with holistic and interdisciplinary perspective;
- Knowledge generation in situational analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development plans; and
- Provision of technical assistance to various institutions.
The Conference Venue will be at the AIM Conference Center, Makati, Philippines. It is inside the campus of the Asian Institute of Management located at the heart of Makati Central Business District.
How to Get Here
By MRT-3 and Ayala Loop jeepney
The stations of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 are plotted along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare. To reach AIM Conference Center, get off at Ayala Station, walk to the nearby Ayala Loop jeepney stop, and take a ride to Benavidez Street.
By car or taxi
When driving along Paseo de Roxas, whether from the direction of Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road) or Ayala Avenue, you can enter Gamboa Street in front of Greenbelt 1 shopping mall. You must then take a left to Salcedo Street, then another left to Benavidez Street.
Thank you to all those who have registered to attend the first International Conference on Human Settlements Planning and Development 2018 to be held on July 23-25, 2018. Registration is now closed as we have reached our full capacity for the conference.
Conference proceedings will be made available on this website after the conference. Please follow our social media accounts to see updates and conference highlights!
See you at the conference!