MENA Sustainable Reconstruction & Urban Regeneration Guidelines

Rebuilding post-conflict and natural disaters

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a signpost for everything we do, including in urban regeneration and sustainable reconstruction post-conflict and natural disasters.

When natural disasters or conflicts strike communities, they must be rebuilt and quickly, or face greater risks in the future.

Rebuilding cities as a whole, including immediately making those spaces physically safe (after earthquakes or from unexploded ordnances), preserving access to food and water, as well as protecting and promoting: nature, archaeology, heritage, promoting the rights of women and children, strengthening education, social and economic resilience, all implicate the role of the SDGs.

Sustainable Building in MENA: Phase One

Sustainability and climate change impacts naturally figure highly in our activities across assessment, planning, and (re)development activities; as well as infrastructure, health & wellbeing, peace building, employment and gender equality. 

In collaboration with our partner, the UN Habitat, we have undertaken a project which puts forth a comprehensive set of rebuilding guidelines for the MENA region.

The first phase of the project was completed in 2020 as part of the SDG Climate Nexus Facility Project. There, the consultants identified the main thematic areas that shape the structure of the guidelines as follows:

  • Integrative Social and Economic Resilience
  • Efficient Resource Utilisation
  • Environmental and Climate Resilience
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility
  • Heritage and Identity

This phase also included the compilation of a comprehensive digital library.

Sustainable Building in MENA: Phase Two

The second phase was initiated in September 2020 after receiving support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to develop the final version of the Sustainable Reconstruction & Urban Regeneration Guidelines. Most of the consultants working on both phases were supplied through the WorldGBC MENA Network’s Green Building Councils

This project provides the groundwork for a regional agenda for sustainable recovery, regeneration and reconstruction in which the re-built environment contributes to healthy, resource-secure and climate-resilient societies.

This regional agenda is aligned with sustainable development and ‘Build Back Better’ principles anchored in the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030, the New Urban Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and other global agendas.

Sustainable Reconstruction & Urban Regeneration Guidelines

The resulting Guide will be a working document that provides considerations and actionable guidance that addresses the changing environmental landscape for reconstruction in the MENA region.

For the first time, a positive psychologist was included in this project to ensure that wellbeing (as not only the absence of illbeing, but the presence of it too), was included in these guidelines.

For more information about this project, please reach out to our MENA and Africa Regional Head, Mohammad Asfour masfour@worldgbc.org

 

Thank you to our partners:  

 

   

 

 

Rebuilding post-conflict and natural disaters

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a signpost for everything we do, including in urban regeneration and sustainable reconstruction post-conflict and natural disasters.

When natural disasters or conflicts strike communities, they must be rebuilt and quickly, or face greater risks in the future.

Rebuilding cities as a whole, including immediately making those spaces physically safe (after earthquakes or from unexploded ordnances), preserving access to food and water, as well as protecting and promoting: nature, archaeology, heritage, promoting the rights of women and children, strengthening education, social and economic resilience, all implicate the role of the SDGs.

Sustainable Building in MENA: Phase One

Sustainability and climate change impacts naturally figure highly in our activities across assessment, planning, and (re)development activities; as well as infrastructure, health & wellbeing, peace building, employment and gender equality. 

In collaboration with our partner, the UN Habitat, we have undertaken a project which puts forth a comprehensive set of rebuilding guidelines for the MENA region.

The first phase of the project was completed in 2020 as part of the SDG Climate Nexus Facility Project. There, the consultants identified the main thematic areas that shape the structure of the guidelines as follows:

  • Integrative Social and Economic Resilience

  • Efficient Resource Utilisation

  • Environmental and Climate Resilience

  • Health and Wellbeing

  • Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility

  • Heritage and Identity

This phase also included the compilation of a comprehensive digital library.

Sustainable Building in MENA: Phase Two

The second phase was initiated in September 2020 after receiving support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to develop the final version of the Sustainable Reconstruction & Urban Regeneration Guidelines. Most of the consultants working on both phases were supplied through the WorldGBC MENA Network’s Green Building Councils

This project provides the groundwork for a regional agenda for sustainable recovery, regeneration and reconstruction in which the re-built environment contributes to healthy, resource-secure and climate-resilient societies.

This regional agenda is aligned with sustainable development and ‘Build Back Better’ principles anchored in the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030, the New Urban Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and other global agendas.

Sustainable Reconstruction & Urban Regeneration Guidelines

The resulting Guide will be a working document that provides considerations and actionable guidance that addresses the changing environmental landscape for reconstruction in the MENA region.

For the first time, a positive psychologist was included in this project to ensure that wellbeing (as not only the absence of illbeing, but the presence of it too), was included in these guidelines.

For more information about this project, please reach out to our MENA and Africa Regional Head, Mohammad Asfour masfour@worldgbc.org

 

Thank you to our partners: