FutureStates

Urban Planning, Municipal and Community Development

Urban Planning, Municipal and Community Development

Studies have included:

Land reclamation and development, airport extension, high-speed rail links, combined heat & power, barrages for economic development of waterfronts, major trunk road development, and hospital development.

In addition, institution strengthening has been undertaken in urban planning at central government and municipal level in a number of countries (Bosnia & Herzegovina [town planning and building regulations], Botswana [water supply], Czech Republic [agricultural development], Egypt [GIS, tourism, town planning] FYR Macedonia [solid waste, informal settlements], India [coastal planning], Jordan [informal settlements], Kosovo [refugees], Russian Federation [SME development], Saudi Arabia [environmental legislation], Serbia & Montenegro [environmental legislation], Trinidad & Tobago [coastal planning], Turkey [water supply], and Turkmenistan [industrial development controls].

Currently advisor to the European-Asian funded Mega-Cities project which seeks to transfer cleaner technologies to promote sustainable development, efficient use of resources and energy, controls on emissions and waste, and general urbanisation. Specific projects include an assessment of the policies and strategies for air pollution control and management in S and SE Asia, and contributing to an international symposium on greening tax system in Asian countries.

Projects undertaken by FutureStates in this category

LocationAgency/SectorAssignmentProject Description
NigeriaEC (ARS Progetti)Team LeaderMid-Term Review: Of the Support Programme to the Niger Delta (five states Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Rivers) to evaluate the water and sanitation project component for appropriateness and feasibility, and potential mid-term corrections. Recommendations concerning whether or not the donor should continue supporting the sector, how should this support be designed and implemented. All this within a traditional focus on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
Dominican RepublicACP-EU (Safege)Climate Change Preparation of INDCs: Technical assistance and capacity building to prepare INDCs in countries throughout Caribbean. Tasks included: Review of existing methodologies and approaches; Preparation and delivery of a curriculum and training plan; and Preparation of training materials and delivery of regional capacity-building.
MauritaniaCOMASUD (Sopex)Strategic Environmental and Social AssessmentA Front End Engineering Design for the construction of an integrated sugar complex is being undertaken and requires an ESIA. The main goal of the industrial project is to produce about 145,000 tonnes of white sugar per year from sugar cane, produced locally, to supply the local market. To optimise revenues, a second goal is to transform the by-products of sugar cane, such as molasses, bagasse and so on into value-added products such as ethanol, electricity, fertilisers, cattle feed and so on.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri LankaEU (Sher)Disaster PreparednessA regional formulation was undertaken of a joint project between the EU and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Disaster Management Centre on disaster preparedness and risk reduction with a focus on hydro-meteorological disasters. The project is to promote best practices at regional, national and, to a lesser extent, at local level, and is to provide for capacity-building to the SAARC-DMC, national DMCs and sub-national implementing institutions to ensure that disaster risk preparedness is mainstreamed.
NigeriaDFID (ASI)ComplianceProvision of preliminary advice on compliance requirements for the DFID investment: Attracting Investment in Kogi State through support to a starch processing facility with up to 93,000 million tonnes capacity in the Kogi Staple Crop Processing Zone.
UgandaAgricultureClimate Change AdaptationProvision of advice during the preparation of a USAID Concept Note describing a project to empower rural farmers to undertake sustainable agriculture, in anticipation that this will enhance food security and assist with adapting to climate change by reducing vulnerability and building resilience.
RwandaBTC (Sopex)Mid-Term ReviewMid-Term Review of the Support Programme to the Development of the Forestry Sector in Rwanda to evaluate the project schedule and objectives, appropriateness and feasibility, and potential mid-term corrections. To review the sustainability action plan proposed by the project and, if implemented, the level of expectation concerning the sustainability of the investments. Recommendations concerning whether or not the donor should continue supporting the forestry sector in Rwanda, how should this support be designed and implemented. All this within a traditional focus on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.
PakistanDFID (Coffey)Climate Change and Environment Risk AssessmentDFID Pakistan’s Private Sector Development Approach focuses on enhancing wealth creation opportunities for the poor as a means to generate jobs and tackle the ‘youth bulge’. A new £70m Wealth Creation for the Poor programme is being proposed to focus on sectors that have the ability to enhance the economy’s employment generating capacity and deliver jobs and assets for the transitory poor that are essential for poverty reduction and social stability in Pakistan. A climate change risk assessment was done for the programme; proposing potential risk mitigation strategies against environmental and climatic risks, and develop programmatic interventions; undertaking a mapping exercise and establish clear lines of responsibilities relating to implementing the risk mitigation framework; defining relevant requirements expected of the implementing agent/ contractor to develop and implement an environmental/climate change management plan for the programme; developing appropriate environmental/climate change monitoring and evaluation tools for the programme, and linking these to the programme’s results chain and logframe.
Cook Is., Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Is., Tonga, Tuvalu, VanuatuAsian Development BankRegional Energy AssessmentAssessment of Asian Development Bank's cumulative contribution and support to the energy sector from 2000 to 2011 in Pacific developing member countries under the Pacific Approach by evaluating both energy-related loans, grants, and technical assistance projects and their results in improving the delivery of public goods and services in Pacific countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) included selected country visits.
Sierra LeoneEC (AGEG)Ex-post EvaluationEx-post Evaluation: Evaluation of project: "Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for the Sierra Leone Environmental Protection Agency". Evaluation of all aspects relative to design, implementation and results. Includes evaluation with respect to overall support provided by the EU to the sector and within context of legal and institutional arrangements, assessing the coherence of the EU support and its relevance to the national priorities as expressed in the mandate of the EPA SL and the PRSP II.
GhanaEC (AGEG)Country Environmental ProfilePreparation of CEP to: Identify and assess environmental and climate change issues for consideration during programming process for 11th EDF (2014-2020) and identification/design of future 11th EDF support activities; Provide decision-makers in Ghana, and in EU, with clear information on: key environmental challenges (including those resulting from increasing climate variability and climate change); current policy, legislative and institutional framework; and strategies and programmes (including those of the EC and other donors) designed to address them; Establish key linkages between environment, including climate change, and poverty reduction; Contribute to focusing political dialogue and co-operation with Government.
Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, PalauEC (Cardno)Renewable EnergyA mid-term review undertaken to: Assess efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, impact and sustainability of the North-Renewable Energy Project in meeting its overall objective of improving quality of life on outer islands of the Marshall Islands (Majuro), Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae) and Palau; Assess extent to which expected benefits are being /will be achieved; Assess extent to which results could be sustainably maintained; and to, Identify required changes in project design including the performance indicators, or curtailment of activities because of significant problems, or need for an extension to the Project.
MadagascarCarbonBrakeClimate ChangeDevelopment of a carbon sequestration scheme and climate-resilient forestry working with local partners.
VietnamBTC (Sher)Climate ChangeClimate Change: Formulation Mission to strengthen the capacities of three provinces to apply the national strategy on climate change by covering in a comprehensive and participatory manner the issues related to regional spatial planning, urban planning and water management.
PakistanEC (AGEG)Climate ChangeScoping Mission to explore and identify interventions to support the Government and build its capacity to address climate change with a reasonable expectation of sustainability in the long run and potential complementarity with the EU's upcoming and ongoing projects in the area of rural development, natural resources management and sustainable development in the country and region, as well as the programmes of other donors active in the field of climate change and sustainable development.
SenegalForestryCarbon ManagementEvaluation of groundnut-briquette making technology to replace charcoal and the use of Jatropha as a biofuel.
Belize, GlobalEC (MWH)Climate ChangeKey Expert advising the Global Climate Change Alliance which provides a platform for dialogue and exchange among the EU and target countries and provides support in five priority areas: Adaptation to climate change; Reducing emissions from deforestation; Enhancing participation in the Clean Development Mechanism ; Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction; and, Integrating climate change into poverty reduction efforts. Specified and organised identification and formulation missions to Benin, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Samoa, Laos and Bhutan and facilitated regional climate change conference for Caribbean.
NigeriaAllison Fisheries Limited (CARES)EIA ~ portScoping, planning and peer review of EIA for a Sugar and Grain Terminal.
CaribbeanDFIDClimate ChangeRapid Climate Change screening of the DFID Caribbean portfolio of programmes/projects and assessment of priorities for interventions.
TanzaniaCARE InternationalClimate ChangeFormulation of Global Climate Change Alliance concept note for arid, semi-arid and plateau situations.
MalawiECSEA - SugarSEA: Carried out for the implementation of the National Adaptation Strategy of the Sugar Industry and the relevant EC Multi-Annual support. Overall objective ~ describe, identify and assess the likely significant environmental challenges, considerations and effects of implementing the NAS with regard to the environmental impact of the sugar restructuring.
NigeriaGovernmentClimate Change PolicyNigeria Climate Change Policy and National Response Strategy Call for Memoranda. Developed a Memorandum on behalf of the Special Climate Change Unit to support the Nigeria Climate Change Policy and National Response Strategy (refers to REDD, FLEGT, CDM and Disaster Risk Reduction).
GlobalECPeer ReviewEvaluation of Proposals /(Full applications): Call for Proposals for the “Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, including Energy”. Assessed several full applications) nearly all of which included assessments of one or more of climate change, REDD, FLEGT, CDM and Disaster Risk Reduction and all included review and assessment of agreements with partner organisations, project formulation, log frames, action plan and/or work-plan drafting, budget drafting etc.
FijiECSEA - SugarSEA: Carried out for the implementation of the National Adaptation Strategy for the Sugar Industry. Overall objective ~ describe, identify and assess the likely significant environmental challenges, considerations and effects of implementing the NAS with regard to the environmental impact of the sugar restructuring. Involved a Scoping Study and the SEA Study itself with some emphasis on co-generation, biofuels and carbon sequestration.
UgandaECClimate ChangeUpdate the Country Environment Profile and identify ways and means to strengthen EC support to address climate change in Uganda.
BelizeECSEA - SugarSEA: Carried out for the implementation of the Belize Country Strategy for the Adaptation of the Sugar Industry 2006-2015 and the relevant EC Multi-Annual Support. Overall objective ~ describe, identify and assess the likely significant environmental challenges, considerations and effects of implementing the BCS with regard to the environmental impact of the sugar restructuring. Involved a Scoping Study and the SEA Study itself.
Global, Papua New Guinea, PhilippinesECClimate Change, Risk ScreeningEstimation of the part of the EC's aid portfolio that is potentially at risk due to climate change. Specifically this includes developing and testing a process to screen EC interventions for their likely vulnerability to climate change impacts and their potential direct and indirect consequences on the capacity to adapt to climate change or climate change mitigation potential of a sector/country. The analysis also provides recommendations to effectively respond to climate change challenges in development co-operation.
NamibiaECEvaluation of water and sanitation sectorAssignment called for an assessment of the environmental governance issues in the urban and rural, water and sanitation sectors in Namibia, supporting the preparation and processing of key strategic documents for the future development of the sector, and assisting the stakeholders coordination process, identifying potential interventions to improve water and sanitation governance and increase access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to be funded under the 10th EDF.
LiberiaMiningEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ dredging and coastal protectionAssignment called for a scoping study to be developed to identify environmental and social impacts associated with the de-silting of the channel into Port Buchanan, Liberia for the purposes of iron ore export. Discussions with government ministries, and stakeholders from the adjacent fishing communities were undertaken and various potential issues identified and mitigations proposed, including potential beach nourishment.
Burkina Faso, MauritaniaForestrySustainable forestry Development of a carbon sequestration scheme, working with local partners in the far west of Burkina Faso, and in Mauritania.
Benin, Burkina Faso, MaliMCCDue diligence of environmental studies for roads programme Working with in-country Millennium counterparts, the EIA and other environmental studies were assessed in Burkina Faso for proposed 1200 km roads programme (bitumen, earth and rural access); significant transboundary issues with Benin, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo.
NigeriaPort, Harbours & MarinasPeer review of initial port enlargement optionsRiver Bonny Channel Expansion in the Nigerian Delta ~ a number of options are being considered to facilitate port access to larger vessels and a higher volume of traffic; to include widening and deepening the existing approach channel or creating a new channel. In either case the channel will need to be dredged and the dumped spoils assessed. Various options are to be assessed for environmental and social impact. The specific task called for peer review of the EIA work undertaken by local and UK consultants.
Russian FederationOil & GasEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ pipeline routingComparative environmental and social risk-based analysis undertaken for pipeline route options in the Russian Federation as part of a major field expansion, using comprehensive technical reviews, additional engineering and environmental surveys. Key sensitive issues: Western Grey Whale, Steller's Sea Eagle, other Red Book species, Class I forest, lagoons, wetlands etc.
KenyaConstruction (Housing)Advice on sustainable water supply, sanitation and renewablesAdvice provided to developer in Kenya for a master plan for low income housing near Mombasa. Specific issues were water supply, re-use & sanitation, energy efficiency, solid water management and other infrastructure requirements.
JamaicaEU AidCoProject Evaluation ~ marine protected area and ecotourismProject evaluation was undertaken in Jamaica - The Self-Sustainability of the Negril Marine Park, Project ENV/B7-6200/98-22 to determine lessons learned over the period of EC project funding (1999 2002). EC wished to be appraised of why most of the activities were delayed and to evaluate the outputs of the project in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.
MontserratUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ airportAssessed potential social and environmental impact of the development of Blackburne airport in Montserrat as part of a wider series of studies (engineering, financial and tourism) for the detailed feasibility of airport development: evaluation of the effects of the development on the Farm River, natural drainage patterns, coastal regime, local flora and fauna, archaeological interest, noise and dust, and on the introduction of pests and diseases. The evaluation indicated that the major impacts of the project were likely to be on land-take, landscape, the Farm River, heritage, certain local communities, transportation and infrastructure. Compensation packages were developed for properties. A sensitive design of the proposed airport built elements was recommended to maintain the infrastructure in keeping with the local architecture. The natural alignment of the Farm River was retained with the use of culverts. A local sugar mill (including, chimney, boiling house and plantation house) was recommended for relocation and an Amerindian village was recommended for excavation prior to construction. A local community would need to be relocated for safety reasons.
Turks and Caicos IslandsUK Government, DFIDEnvironmental Impact Assessment ~ airportPart of a feasibility study to review the existing airport infrastructure of the Turks and Caicos, national structure plan and tourist development options. Various airport options on five different islands were reviewed in terms of potential environmental impact. Appraisal considered ecology, waste disposal, cultural and noise issues and ranked the various topics in relation to each option, from the least to the most sensitive. Several sensitive receptors within the locality of each development option including mangrove swamps, sea grass beds, coral reefs, residential communities and wilderness-value environments. The outcome determined that no new site was available for an international airport. Consequently, the existing airports were considered for runway extensions to allow international traffic to use them. The extensions were designed taking into account environmental mitigation as developed through the appraisal process.
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