This guide introduces to the United Nations gender mainstreaming principles; why it is important to mainstream gender; the business case for gender mainstreaming; and an overview of the project life cycle. The document describes in detail each stage of the project life cycle and addresses key gender mainstreaming and social inclusion considerations. It is part of a practical series of how-to guides and checklists specific to the Asia-Pacific region.

Sector(s): Tools applicable to all sectors
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., PrioritizationAuthorities decide which projects to realize and how to allocate resources., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., ProcurementThe provision of goods and services to realize a project are tendered and closed., FinanceDevelopers decide how to pay for their project., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline., Operation and MaintenanceInfrastructure assets are managed and maintained during their use time.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.
Organization: UN Women, UNOPS

IUCN’s Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions aims to equip users with a robust framework for designing and verifying NbS that yield the outcomes desired, in solving one or several societal challenge(s). This tool includes a self-assessment that consists of eight criteria and associated indicators, which address the pillars of sustainable development (economy, environment and society) and resilient project management. In addition to the Standard, there is associated guidance, which instructs users how to perform a self-assessment to: Design new NbS project; Upscale pilots by identifying gaps; and Assess past projects and future proposals.

Sector(s): Natural Infrastructure
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design.
Type(s) of Tool: StandardsProvide information about the compliance of projects or assets with a given set of sustainability criteria.
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The EBRD Green Cities Policy Tool builds on the knowledge and insights gained from EBRD’s investments into Green Cities and presents a wide range of effective policy instruments to improve urban sustainability. Practical and operational policies for municipal authorities and case studies are provided for 7 critical areas of decision making, including sector-specific policy areas such as urban transport, solid waste, water and wastewater, energy and buildings, as well as land planning, green space, and biodiversity. The cross-sectoral policy areas covered are governance and finance.

Sector(s): Urban Planning, Energy, Transportation, Waste, Water and Sanitation, Buildings
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems., Project Preparation ToolsHelp public authorities manage sustainable project preparation processes.
Organization: European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

The development of National Urban Mobility Policies and Investment Programmes can be a useful process to facilitate a more coordinated approach to urban mobility policy, planning and investment. The tool kit was designed complementary to the “National Urban Mobility Policies and Investment Programmes (NUMP) – Guidelines” and provides additional resources for the different phases of drafting a national urban mobility policy.

Sector(s): Urban Planning, Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design.
Type(s) of Tool: Project Preparation ToolsHelp public authorities manage sustainable project preparation processes.
Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The TOD (transit-oriented development) Standard focuses on maximizing the benefits of public transit and non-motorized mobility while placing the emphasis firmly back on the users. The standard outlines eight core principles of urban design and land use, each supported by specific performance objectives and easily measurable indicators, or metrics. Together, they promote safe, balanced and vibrant neighborhoods around stations; short and well-connected pedestrian and cycling networks; densities that ensure strong customer bases for local services and public transport; and minimal car traffic and parking interference.

Sector(s): Urban Planning, Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., PrioritizationAuthorities decide which projects to realize and how to allocate resources., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics.
Type(s) of Tool: PrinciplesSupport sustainability incorporation at institutional or strategic level, less specific than Guidelines.
Organization: Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) 

The tool kit is a set of products intended to support national and local government officials, planning practitioners, and policy makers of transitional and developing countries to design and implement a process for developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). It was designed complementary to the “Guidelines for Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)” and provides additional resources for the different phases of drafting a sustainable urban mobility plan.

Sector(s): Urban Planning, Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design.
Type(s) of Tool: Project Preparation ToolsHelp public authorities manage sustainable project preparation processes.
Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

These Guidelines support the construction of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in African cities that ensures safety, accessibility and comfort for users. Many cities across the continent of Africa have a large percentage of walking and cycling as a mode share for trips. While walking and cycling is often fundamental in African cities, they often lack the infrastructure and design to make that safe and comfortable.

Sector(s): Urban Planning, Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.
Organization: Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

The document provides guidelines regarding best practices for the construction of multimodal transport hubs with a particular focus on the inclusion of governance, digitalization and gender aspects in the planning process. The term multimodal transport hubs (MTH) refers to a building and an urban space, and translates into different realities, functions and practices on the ground. In cities of the Global South, interchange hubs can take the form of railway stations, underground stations, urban bus terminals or simple stops connected to other, sometimes informal, transport networks.

Sector(s): Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., PrioritizationAuthorities decide which projects to realize and how to allocate resources., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.
Organization: Agence française de développement (AFD)

The calculator supports cities and countries project the GHG Impact of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and National Urban Mobility Policies (NUMPs). The MYC Emissions Calculator aims at helping developing countries and cities to calculate transport GHG emissions for a reference year and Business-as-usual scenario (BAU) as well as a climate scenario with emission reductions from mitigation measures – the so called climate scenario. As a result, the tool provides data on the calculated transport demand, energy consumption and GHG emissions.

Sector(s): Transportation
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design.
Type(s) of Tool: Modelling ToolsSimulate economic, social, and physical systems to help planners optimize outcomes from different decisions.
Organization: MobiliseYourCity

The Guidelines provide practical support for solar and wind energy developments by effectively managing risks and improving overall outcomes related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. They are industry-focused and can be applied across the whole project development life cycle, from early planning through to decommissioning and repowering, using the mitigation hierarchy as a clear framework for planning and implementation. The mitigation hierarchy is applied to direct, indirect and cumulative impacts. An in-document Annex contains 33 case studies across the three technologies, and an additional separate annex provides additional resources to mitigate impacts associated with solar and wind energy.

Sector(s): Energy
Lifecycle Phase(s): Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed., Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline., Operation and MaintenanceInfrastructure assets are managed and maintained during their use time., Decomissioning/RepurposingObsolete infrastructure assets are repurposed, recycled or removed and the land is reused or restored.
Type(s) of Tool: GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems.
Organization: IUCN & The Biodiversity Consultancy
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