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Executive Programme on Sustainable Urban & Regional Infrastructure Planning (LSE-PS)

A training programme for National and Regional leaders from the Government of Peru.

The Executive Programme on Sustainable Urban & Regional Infrastructure Planning (LSE-PS) is part of a knowledge transfer programme incorporated within the framework of the Government-to-Government (G2G) agreement signed between the Republic of Peru and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The United Kingdom Delivery Team (UKDT), responsible for overall coordination and management of the G2G agreement, was tasked to provide formal courses to the Autoridad de Reconstrucción con Cambios (ARCC) – Peru’s government entity responsible for delivering the projects within the Integral Solutions workstream. The UKDT partnered with LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to deliver a training programme called “Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Planning” (LSE-PS), offered to over 350 public officials from the Peruvian Government.

This training programme is intended to build the technical capacity of ARCC and other stakeholders such as regional governments in the field of sustainable urban and regional planning. It will also empower Peru’s public officials in implementing concepts of sustainability throughout the reconstruction projects that are part of the G2G agreement, whilst applying sustainability to any future construction projects in Peru.

The programme has been tailored to ARCC’s capability needs for the delivery of projects that mitigate flood risks from the El Nino phenomena. It will foster sustainable thinking across all projects in Integrated Solutions, which involves the development of river defences, channels, dikes, nature-based solutions, dams, installation of early warning systems, and construction of urban drainage systems. Moreover, this course provides a foundational preparation that will allow participants to become more creative in the decision-making process for current and future infrastructure projects in Peru.

With this programme, the Peruvian government will be able to give importance to sustainable regional and urban planning in mitigating flood risks and its nexus with flood resilience projects, water security, land use, people mobilization, public health and well-being, and effects from climate change, among others. Those taking part in the programme will also be able to identify areas of improvement for federal and regional policies, analysing existing plans to drive the implementation of sustainable practices at the regional and local level.  

Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of the breadth of environmental, social, and economic co-benefits associated with strategic urban and regional planning, while developing an understanding of how these can be maximised, and of best practice in sustainable planning for flood mitigation projects.

Key Outputs

Online Course

  • 17 Modules of online learning and 4 live sessions equivalent to 34 hours. These modules address issues of urban and regional planning, sustainable construction, urban sanitation, green and blue infrastructure, population emergency preparedness and response, among others.

Capacity building events

  • 1 national event with an engagement of high-level policymakers, including invited international experts/policymakers.
  • 3 workshops with main stakeholders to follow-up and further dive into topics of interest discussed during the national event.
  • 2 regional events focussing on regional challenges of sustainable planning and flood mitigation projects.

Project Team

Management Group
Philipp RodeProgramme Co-Director, LSE Cities
Savvas Verdis, 
Programme Co-Director, LSE Cities
Catarina Heeckt, Programme Coordinator, LSE Cities
Anna Zucchetti, Course facilitation and lecturer, LSE Cities
Martin Cornejo-Presbitero, Programme management and delivery, LSE Cities
Catalina Duarte, Programme management and delivery, LSE Cities


Project Team Members
Philipp Rode; Savvas Verdis; Catarina Heeckt; Anna Zucchetti; Martin Cornejo-Presbitero; Catalina Duarte

Project Partners
Autoridad de Reconstrucción con Cambos  (ARCC); Government of the Republic of Peru; Government to Government (G2G); United Kingdom Delivery Team (UKDT); British Embassy in Peru 

October 2021 – April 2022