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Palestine – Urban Planning and Design
In terms of planning, UN-Habitat is not only aiming at improving the planning standards and quality of the statutory local outline planning – often referred to as masterplans – but also aims at broadening and deepening the planning agenda, by drafting pilot planning schemes for hinterland areas, for clusters of villages, for more regional sections of Area C, as well by developing design schemes for capital investment projects – all with substantial participation of the affected communities.
UN-Habitat also supports the Palestinian Authority initiative to draft a comprehensive National Spatial Plan (NSP), which will integrate the previously drafted regional plans for the West Bank and Gaza (back in the nineties). Meanwhile UN-Habitat pledged its own contribution from its Trust Fund to provide seed funding to the start-up of the project, e.g. by recruiting consultants to draft sectorial territorial forecast for the long term. A part of this seed-funding is specifically allocated to develop an urbanization Strategy, capitalizing upon the conclusions of the First Palestinian Urban Forum (March 2012), also supported by UN-Habitat Palestine or occupied Palestinian territories, while additional funds are made available to compile the first Palestinian Cities Report.