Habitat III

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016.

During Habitat3 Deltares and the Environmental Assessment Agency (The Netherlands) and the Municipality of Guayaquil (Ecuador) are organising an urban resilience session in the Holland Paviljon – Thursday 20 October, 10.00 – 11.30 hrs.

The case of Guayaquil

The case of Guayaquil , situated in the Guayas delta and Ecuador’s largest city, will be presented and discussed in comparison with other coastal cities in the world having similar challenges. Guayaquil ranks third world wide in the list of coastal cities which are highest at flood risk as percentage of GDP, according to a recent study from the World Bank.

Many delta cities face similar challenges in city planning and sustainable development, which need both pro-active planning for the future and reflexive approaches to learn from the past, and from each other. This session focuses on how quantitative knowledge about the water system and state-of-the-art tools facilitate robust and participative urban planning and informed decision making processes.

photo Martin Zeise, Berlin

photo Martin Zeise, Berlin

This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers. The Habitat III Conference therefore has, as its mission, the adoption of a New Urban Agenda—an action-oriented document which will set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.

Holland Paviljon, area F no. 117