Planners for Climate Action (P4CA)


Name of initiative Planners for Climate Action (P4CA)
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2017
End year
Secretariat UN-Habitat (Focal Point: Christine Auclair, Climate Change Planning Officer, Urban Planning and Design Branch, UN-Habitat, P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi 00100, Kenya -
Organisational structure Members comprise international, regional and national associations and networks of urban and territorial planners. Individuals members are also welcome to support the mission and objectives of the cooperative initiative. Other supporting organizations consist of research institutions and, universities, private sector and other non-governmental organizations.

Members and other supporters contribute through knowledge, capacity-building and outreach activities. They constitute ad-hoc Working Groups to develop joined activities. The Working Groups convene (in person or, more typically, virtually) at least every two months, or as often as required to achieve their aims. Members and partners of the initiative meet jointly at least once a year to take-stock of activities undertaken by the members jointly, and plan for future actions.

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation UN-Habitat
Type of lead organisation United Nations or Specialised agency
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Kenya


Description Catalyze and accelerate climate action through responsible and transformative urban and regional planning practice, education and research.
Objectives The initiative has three objectives:

• Integrate climate change in the professional practices of all planners and their institutions through integrated approaches that reduce emissions, and prepare human settlements to adapt to climate change; • Build the capacity of all planners by ensuring that all graduate-level urban/regional planning curricula prepare planners to be effective climate change professionals; • Support and commission research that can strengthen knowledge at the intersect of planning practices and climate change.

Through the above, the initiative will: • Increase the number of human settlements that incorporate mitigation and adaptation actions into their development strategies and plans; • Support national governments to achieve their mitigation targets and adaptation plans through enabling and transformative planning approaches.

Activities In the first biennium (2018-19), the following actions are foreseen:

• Increased visibility and membership of the initiative • Global mapping of current programs and projects that support the integration of climate change into planning practices, curriculum and research • Commencement of a global, interactive “State of Climate Change and Planning” multimedia report • Establishment and promotion of a Repository of planning curricula/syllabi that show promise in integrating climate change issues

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Implementation, Political dialogue, Technical dialogue
Activity of initiative Goal setting (ex-ante), Policy planning and recommendations, Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Knowledge production and innovation
Goal setting (ex-ante) — Stakeholders who have committed to the goals
Value (#)600
Goals Progress will be determined by the number of regional and national planning organizations engaged in climate change action, particularly in countries that are highly affected by climate change. The objective is to engage at least 60,000 planners and 600 training institutions by 2025.
Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals
How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting


Participants Number Names
Members 18  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 18 American Planning Association (USA),  Isocarp (Netherlands),  Global Planning Education Association (China),  ACSP (USA),  APERAU (France),  ITC University of Twente (Netherlands),  Eurogeo (Belgium),  CJUR (Canada),  Urban Planning Society of China (China),  Commonwealth Association of Planners (United K.),  TOWN AND COUNTY PLANNERS ASSOCIATION OF KENYA (Kenya),  Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia),  European community of spatial planners (Belgium),  IFPH International Federation for Housing and Planning (Denmark),  Earoph (Malaysia),  Canadian Institute of Planners (Canada),  Noida School of Architecture (india),  University of Melbourne (Australia),  RTPI (London).
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
No No No No No Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No
Last update: 6 July 2020 13:58:24

Not only have national states as participators