Nepali Planners Getting ready for Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning
UNDP Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme (CDRMP) is supporting for an e-learning courses on Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning (RSLUP). The key objective of the course is to orient and sensitize the planners and engineers of Government and Municipal staffs on Risk sensitive land Use Planning. The course started on 12th March 2012 and will run until 29th April 2012. The six-week course is scheduled for two hours daily (3-5pm) to maximize the participation accommodating the busy schedules of trainee professionals. Twenty engineers and planners from five Kathmandu valley municipalities, Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, Ministry of Local Development, Department of Urban Development and Building Construction and Kathmandu Valley Town Development Committee supported by facilitators form CDRMP and National Society of Earthquake Technology (NSET) will interact with experts in the Earthquake and Megacities Initiatives (EMI) in Manila, Philippines through e-learning platforms including video conferencing and e-discussion forums.
After the completion of the course, it is expected that a roster of trained human resource in RSLUP will be developed in Nepal and utilized to develop a broad Kathmandu valley wide Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning framework. This e-learning course is the first customized training on risk sensitive land use planning conducted in Nepal and is one of the programme activities supported by CDRMP in order to strengthen disaster risk management in Nepal. CDRMP is planning to support government to expand the RSLUP in other municipalities, for which this training will be a key milestone in developing national capacity.
Under CDRMP support, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) reviewed, consolidated and approved the Risk Sensitive Plan for the city in 2011. KMC drafted the RSLUP in 2010. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City Risk Sensitive Land Use Plan (KMC-RSLUP) is a working document which includes Integrated Plan, Programme and Activities for ten years. It integrates risk assessment into conventional land use planning, encompasses physical, socio-economical, environmental and cultural planning in KMC and stresses sustainable development. Risk assessment process involves hazard identification, vulnerability analysis and risk analysis.