Urban Design Studio for Energy Efficient Design & Management, UWI

The Urban Design Studio is a workshop that highlights the need for energy efficient design and management. One of the main outputs of the project entitled, Mainstreaming Energy Efficiency and Climate Change in Built Environment Training and Research in the Caribbean (CarEnTrain), it is the third time it is being held and the first to be held outside of the Caribbean Urban Forum pre-conference activities. The main case studies are usually university and college campuses in the hope that change here can be reflected in the wider society.  This time however it is extended to the wider field of built environment professionals, students, academics and, urban and campus managers. The idea behind these workshops is to train in and highlight the need for reduced energy consumption and increased energy efficiency as a way to combat climate change and its impacts as well as to improve energy security in the Caribbean.


Date: 12th – 14th September, 2016
Venue: Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, Faculty of Engineering, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost: $750.00 TTD

As part of the workshop, there will be a Discussion Forum on 14th September, 2016.  Two sessions will be held:

  1. UWI/Campus Discussion Forum; 1:00PM-4:00PM
  2. Open Discussion Forum; 5:00PM – 7:00PM

For further details, please see the Urban Design Studio Agenda. To register or for further information, please contact Dr Perry Polar at Perry.Polar@sta.uwi.edu or call (868)662-2002 ext 83398.

UN-Habitat Adopts Groundbreaking Resolution

This past April 15, the 23rd Governing Council for UN-Habitat adopted a resolution for ‘Sustainable Urbanization Through Equitable Access to Land, Housing, Basic Services and Infrastructure’.  This amended framework is remarkable step forward on global debate on land as it helps build international consensus on the continuum of land rights and alternative forms of secure tenure.’

New Settlements, Post-Earthquake, Haiti

The resolution aims to expand the traditional definition of tenure to support its own Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), an initiative that brings together organizations, institutions and partners to ‘is to contribute to poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure.’


GLTN partners, including Sheela Patel of Slum Dwellers International (SDI), CheeHai Teo of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and Arvinn Eikeland of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave valuable contributions to the discussion on the theme. The adoption of this  resolution also takes note of the good work that GLTN is doing and validates the new concepts that GLTN has introduced, namely intermediate tenure, strengthening tenure rights of the poor and women and alternative pro-poor land records and land administration systems.

Below are some of the important amendments t0 the resolution;

On page 2.

Recognizing the notable contributions that the UN-Habitat facilitated Global Land Tool
Network has made in building partnerships for developing and implementing land tools at scale, in championing the cause of the poor and vulnerable groups such as women and slum dwellers, in promoting inclusive land policies and in developing affordable and equitable land administration systems that emphasize the important transitional role that intermediate tenure and incremental approaches play,

On page 4

Encourages Governments and Habitat Agenda partners, with regard to land issues:
(a) To implement land policy development and regulatory and procedural reform programmes, if necessary, so as to achieve sustainable urban development and to better manage climate change, ensuring that land interventions are anchored within effective land governance frameworks;
(b) To promote security of tenure for all segments of society by recognizing and respecting a plurality of tenure systems, identifying and adopting, as appropriate to particular situations, intermediate forms of tenure arrangements, adopting alternative forms of land administration and land records alongside conventional land administration systems, and intensifying efforts to achieve secure tenure in post-conflict and post-disaster situations;
(c) To review and improve urban land governance mechanisms, including land/spatial planning administration and management, land information systems and land-based tax systems, so as to strengthen tenure rights and expand secure and sustainable access to land, housing, basic services and infrastructure, particularly for the poor and women;
(d) To create mechanisms for broadening land-based revenue streams, including by
improving the competencies and capacities of local and regional authorities in the field of land and property valuation and taxation, so as to generate additional local revenue for pro-poor policies and to finance infrastructure development;

For more information about these and other land management tools you can navigate to The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) website.