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Research project

LIRLAP - Linking Disaster Risk Gover­nance and Land-Use Planning: The Case of Informal Settlements in Hazard Prone Areas in the Philippines

Project duration:
07/2019 to 02/2021 (definition phase),
03/2021 to 02/2025 (research and development phase)

BMBF research project on strategic risk reduction of informal settlements against natural disasters

Worldwide, rapid urbanization of urban regions is contributing to an increase in disaster risks. The phenomenon of informal settlements in hazardous areas poses a particular challenge. In the last few decades, the global south has shown only a few locally based approaches to resilient planning that have led to real problem solutions.

Metro Manila (pilot study) is vulnerable to natural disasters (particularly floods and flooding) and has for long dealt with the problem of informal settlements. The project builds on the previous six-month initiation phase (November 2017 - May 2018, with a stakeholder workshop in Metro Manila in February 2018) and the 18-month definition phase (June 2018-December 2020, with two stakeholder workshops in February and October 2020). Based on the evaluation of the definition phase, a four-year main phase in the form of a research and development phase (3/2021-2/2025) follows.

LIRLAP intends to contribute to the following discussions:

  • Dealing with disaster risk through spatial planning, especially in settlements that are hardest hit and least equipped with the formal system of risk-reducing planning mechanisms.
  • Strengthening resilience while focusing on reducing social vulnerability. Since the most vulnerable people live in informal settlements, their livelihoods are at the heart of the interventions examined.
  • Support mainstreaming to promote implementation and translate scientific knowledge into capacity building, policy advice and transferable knowledge.
  • In addition, a joint doctoral program and training courses for planning practitioners will be developed to improve local solution capacities.

Based on this background, LIRLAP has developed six work packages for the research and development phase (3/2021 - 2/2025), which were assigned to technical expertise according to the LIRLAP cooperation partners:

  • WP 1: Risk trends and relocation options with urban growth (Head: LMU; partner SURP)
  • WP 2: Resilient upgrading (Head: IRPUD, TUDO, Prof. Dr. Stefan Greiving)
  • WP 3: Resilient resettlement (Head: IREUS, University of Stuttgart, Prof. Dr. Jörn Birkmann)
  • WP 4: Mainstreaming of upgrading and relocation strategies (Head: LMU, partner USTUTT, SURP)
  • WP 5: Capacity building (Head: IRPUD, TUDO, Prof. Dr. Stefan Greiving, SURP)
  • WP 6: Project Management (Head: IRPUD, TUDO, Prof. Dr. Stefan Greiving, Partner SURP)

All WPs are carried out in close cooperation in real laboratory formats with the local partner SURP (School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of the Philippines) - as the central scientific institution in the Philippines in the field of urban, regional and environmental planning and a long-term cooperation partner in the context of SPRING Program - processed as well as partial work packages in WP 2 and 3 also with the partners in Thailand (Urban Futures & Policy Research Unit (UFP) of Thammasat University Bangkok) and Vietnam (Faculty of Land Management of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture). Kaiser Ingenieure plays a leading role in the development of the pilot studies in WP 2 and WP 3 and in WP 5 in training courses and doctoral workshops.

Another workshop (workshop series for each work package) in Metro Manila is already planned for July 2021.

Cooperation partner
Department of Geography, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (LMU), the Institute for Spatial Planning and Development Planning (IREUS, University of Stuttgart) and the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP), University of the Philippines.

Funding and duration
The project is financed by the BMBF (The Federal Ministry of Education and Research) as part of the "Sustainable Development of Urban Regions" funding program and has a duration of 48 months.

You can find a brief look at the photo documentation for LIRLAP in the following file attachment: 



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The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Campus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into August-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Campus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Campus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Campus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Campus is served by the Campus Süd stop. 
A connection to Campus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Campus North and Campus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

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