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Lecture on ‘Strategies to fight water scarcity and urban risks traps in Lima’


15 Oct. 2015, El Gouna - In the framework of the third semester project on the informal settlement of Zerzara in Hurghada, the students had the chance to get external input from Rossana Poblet. Under the title ‘Strategies to fight water scarcity and urban risks traps in Lima’ she introduced two projects which are of high relevance for the case of Hurghada.

At her time at Stuttgart University and in the framework of the Future Megacities Program of Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) she was very active in Lima. On the one hand she was involved in the formulation of Lima’s Ecological Infrastructure Strategy (LEIS). On the other hand she was practically implementing a small park in an informal settlement in Lima using a water sensitive design approach. See more at http://issuu.com/ilpe/docs/lima_ecological_infrastructure_stra_9c435aba38df2f/1

The second project she was talking about is called "Disrupting Urban Risk Traps: Bridging Finance and knowledge for climate resilient infrastructural planning in Lima - cLIMA sin Riesgo". It is a project in which she is currently involved at London’s Development Planning Unit (DPU). The sin-Riesgo approach emphasizes the mitigation of small urban and daily risks rather than focusing only on the big disasters. See more at http://www.climasinriesgo.net.

Both projects are of great importance for Egypt as well. After Cairo, Lima is the second biggest desert town in the world with almost no rain. And urban informality is a very important issue as it is for Cairo.  Lima has a long history of tackling urban informality.

Rossana Poblet is an architect, urban planner and researcher from Peru and has worked for several years exploring solutions to challenges of rapid urban growth centres in the global South and focusing in informal settlements. Her work experience includes projects in Peru, South Africa, Kosovo and Germany. She has worked as researcher and teacher at the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, at University of Stuttgart and now is researcher at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London (UCL). Her focus on practical work and research focus on informal settlements challenges and potentials to develop new concepts adapted to areas without rain, including ecological infrastructure and water sensitive urban planning and design for dry areas.

Lima's informal settlements have many similarities with Egypt's 'Ashwayat'

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