Integrated Spatial Plan for Environmental and Socio Economic Resilience, Khorog, Tajikistan
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Integrated Spatial Plan for Environmental and Socio Economic Resilience, Khorog, Tajikistan

UN-Habitat has partnered with the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) and the government of Tajikistan, through the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), to undertake the ‘Integrated Spatial Plan for Environmental and Socio-Economic Resilience’ in Khorog Tajikistan. UN-Habitat’s Urban Planning and Design Lab (Urban Lab), in a collaborative process with other units and branches within the UN-Habitat Planning Finance and Economy Section and the Urban Practices Branch and with AKAH’s Habitat Planning teams in Geneva and Tajikistan, aimed to provide planning direction to improve resilience and social stability for existing communities and accommodate the increasing populations in Khorog in a sustainable way through:

1) Developing strategies, masterplans, interventions, regulations, and capital investment planning.

2) Knowledge creation, capacity building, and guidelines.

More specifically, the project aimed to provide environmental, legal, economic, spatial and infrastructure policies and projections, governance and management frameworks, with recommendations for transformative projects, and technical capacity building for stakeholders in planning. UN-Habitat provided planning expertise to guide the growth of Khorog, drawing on existing methodologies, toolkits and best practices in a collaborative and integrated way.

This project is one of several outcomes from an assessment of resiliency undertaken for Khorog in 2017 and 2018 by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Holinger, with partnerships from the international community that include the European Union for resilient infrastructure, the Government of Japan, the IFC and World Bank. The work of UN-Habitat in collaboration with AKAH is part of The Khorog Urban Resilience Planning and Proof of Concept Initiative, supported by SECO to drive resilient infrastructure investment and access to basic public services, intended to reduce risk, ensure more reliable infrastructure and a safer environment.

The project aims to promote Khorog as a model example of a resilient city in the country and localize the national commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement on Climate, and the Dushanbe Declaration for the International Decade on Water Action.

Inception Report; City Profile Part 1: Discovery Report; City Profile Part 2: Diagnosis Report; City Profile Part 3: Recommendations Report; Capacity Development Report; Participation and Community Engagement Report; Legal Assessment using UN-Habitat Law and Climate Change Toolkit reports were developed during the Phase 1 of the project implementation, which focused on, understanding the city, diagnosis, and strategic planning as well as assessing the legislative frameworks for planning. 

Resilient Khorog: From Strategies to Actions; Community Participation & Stakeholder; Spatially Informed Capital Investment Planning; Spatially Informed CIP: Priority Areas Investment Cards; Khorog Urban Planning & Design Guidelines; Khorog Urban Planning Rules; Legal Analysis of CIS Countries’ Building Codes; Legal Analysis of Mountainous Countries’ Urban Design Guidelines reports were developed under the phase 2 and focused on translating strategies into actions through transformative design proposals, and capital investment planning, complementing with the context specific resilient urban design guidelines and revision of regulatory framework.

All reports are compiled in 2 Compendiums (Phase 1 and Phase 2) and are now available for download in this site.

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