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RTPI launches group to support displaced planners

Words: Laura Edgar
Refugee camp, Somalia / iStock-526980417

The RTPI has launched Planners Beyond Boundaries to support displaced planners to find immediate and long-term #employment and help #rebuild their communities.

The institute explained that war and natural disasters around the world and their associated impacts have shone a light on the increase in displaced populations around the world.

According to UNHCR’s Refugee Population Statistics Database, 84 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

Planners Beyond Boundaries aims to enable a step change in how displacement and crisis is responded to, “utilising our charitable status, purpose, international standing and convening power to best support in a proportional and appropriate way affected planners and communities”.

The institute notes that to date, its efforts have been focused on producing research and best practice, including Urbanisation, Displacement and Urban Planning.

The RTPI has also considered how best to plan for a sustainable future in a post-pandemic world and has launched a Planning is Global campaign, which sets out how UK and Ireland planners are having a positive impact on planning sustainably globally.

Now, Planners Beyond Boundaries intends to provide an opportunity to shift the focus to the individuals affected by displacement, particularly the professional planners and related professionals who work in the arena of urban planning, regeneration, environmental protection and design.

Planners Beyond Boundaries aims to support:

  •  Displaced planners by helping them to find employment either in the UK or in other national territories supporting relevant training as needed.
  • Support the rebuilding of affected communities by helping planners to create new equivalents of neighbourhood plans, masterplans and other visioning documents and strategies

The RTPI will regularly update the hub:

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