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Arcadis marks first year of UN shelter programme

Consultant Arcadis has announced today it has completed its 13th mission as part of the United Nations (UN) Habitat shelter programme.

Arcadis is working with UN-Habitat, the UN agency for human settlements, on a three year programme.

One year after signing an agreement with UN-Habitat launching the Shelter program, Arcadis employees have taken part in missions on three continents helping to bolster urban design and development efforts being made on the ground in some of the world’s poorest cities.

Experts from a range of disciplines including: architecture, landscape design, sanitation, urban planning and water management have been actively engaged in the program by sharing their knowledge, expertise and providing capacity-building support.

The first of the two missions to the Philippines during March focused on delivering assessments and recommendations for the improvement of hillside dwellings for the “scavengers” living and working at one of the Manila’s landfill sites who have been relocated to a rapidly urbanising, nearby town.

The second mission, which centred on the coastal city of Sorsogon, saw the team invited to apply its collective expertise, findings and advice on land use, landscape planning, flood management, water and sanitation issues.

“Our work in Manila and Sorsogon - particularly with regard to preparations for dealing with climate change - is a perfect example of where and how we can support UN-Habitat,” said Arcadis shelter program manager Bert Smolders.

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