Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:31

Strategic Urban Recovery and Development Plan of Ramadi

Baghdad, 16 August 2017 – Over 40 Iraqi government officials from the Ministries of Planning and Municipalities, Construction and Housing and Public Works, and Anbar Governorate convened in Baghdad to take part to the workshop “Strategic Urban Recovery and Development Plan: Ramadi Physical Assessment & Prioritization of Needs”, held under the auspices of the EU-funded Local Area Development Programme and implemented with UNDP.

Destruction in Ramadi has notoriously been more severe than anywhere else in Iraq. As of today, after nearly 18 months since its liberation, the scale of the physical destruction of homes, public facilities, services and infrastructure is still apparent and humbling. Analysis of satellite imagery reveal that destruction of some neighborhoods as Baker and Aramel etc, exceeded 80% including housing and public facilities. The transition from humanitarian assistance and recovery efforts to sustainable urban development in these areas will entail large and long-term multi-sectorial investments from both the public and private sectors, with support from multi-lateral agencies and lending institutions.

H.E. Mr Suhaib Al-Rawi, Governor of Anbar, appreciated the fact that most of the executive managers attended the event and expressed his gratitude to UN-Habitat for organising such an important workshop as well as its fruitful housing support interventions in Ramadi which have helped people to return to the district. Dr Erfan Ali, Head of UN-Habitat Iraq Programme, stated that "UN-Habitat is well aware of the challenges and the wide-ranging expectations, and will exert its expertise in post-conflict urban planning and strategic thinking for the drafting of a plan for the recovery and development of Ramadi in close consultation with the local authorities".

The proposed approach of ‘building back better’ will hinge upon opportunities to relocate selected land uses and spatially guide investments towards future economic poles and infrastructure nodes where they will have a multiplier effect on the future socio-economic prospects of the city. Dr Ibrahim Al-Aosaj, Mayor of Ramadi, said “The workshop was very fruitful. I think that if everything that was discussed today will be implemented using such methodology, Ramadi will be in a much better situation”.


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