The Land use team of EMI conducted the 4th field investigation for Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Risk-Sensitive Land Use Planning last 12-20 July 2009 at the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) Conference Room in Lalitpur, Nepal. Ms. Marqueza Reyes (Team Leader), Mr. Marino Deocariza (Socio-economic planner), and Atty. Saviniano Perez (Consultant on Legal and Institutional Aspects) organized a series of workshops and consultations with members of the KMC Project Working Committee, NSET-Nepal, and KMC Department Heads to validate the Sectoral Profile and Situational Analysis of KMC, conduct a visioning workshop with stakeholders and formulate goals and objectives of the risk sensitive land use planning.
The team also met KMC’s local coordinator, Mr. Raijan Chitrakkar, who was recently hired for the position to coordinate the day-to-day operations of the planning project with members of the Project Implementation Team and KMC Project Working Committee.
On July 15, the draft KMC Sectoral Profile was presented to the workshop participants and in a discussion that followed, they provided inputs to the five sectors covered by the Sectoral Profile which include physical environment, land use, population and social, economic, and disaster risk. On June 16, the stakeholders updated KMC’s Vision Statement and conducted sectoral problem tree analysis and objective tree analysis to identify the problems and objectives that will be pursued in the planning project. The participants raised the issue on whether they have the mandate to update KMC vision and it was agreed that the updated Vision is limited to serving the purpose of the planning project and not for the entire city.
The next planning activity is a joint undertaking with the City Government of Makati in the Philippines focusing on the development of spatial strategies. This said activity is tentatively set on 6-12 September 2009 in Makati City, Philippines.
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