RUAS do Paraná (Requalificação Urbana Acessível e Sustentável) – Sustainable and Accessible Urban Re-qualification

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Project Overview

RUAS project aims at giving the municipalities in Paraná access to higher quality projects, template details and budget using artificial intelligence on PARANAINTERATIVO web platform, focusing on accessibility, sustainability, mobility, reducing time for analysis and approval, allowing a higher amount of investments. The same model will be the basis for a SDG-based Urban Quality Certificate.

Sectors

  • Roads & Bridges
  • Informal Settlements Upgrading
  • Transport & Mobility
  • Urban Infill & Public Space
  • Waste Management
  • Water & Sanitation
US$100,000,000
Funding Goal
Brazil
Country
Latin America and the Caribbean
Region

Objectives

  • Turn paving structural projects, as they are nowadays accepted and developed, into urban design projects, focusing on accessibility and sustainability;
  • Create an online tool using information technology to facilitate the development of quality urban projects to be implemented in the municipalities of Paraná;
  • Standardize and reduce project review time within PARANACIDADE, allowing faster approval and greater financial investment;
  • Create SDG-based Urban Quality Certification that can be used as urban planning, investment decision-making and a means of grants for the best projects;
  • Impact the urban environment, especially the lower income population in areas of environmental fragility, with quality urban projects;
  • Read just the areas with the highest pedestrian flow according to accessibility standards

Progress Tracker

Phases

  • Phase 1 (Completed)

    For the full understanding of the project’s feasibility, the institutional framework of PARANACIDADE is important to be presented. PARANACIDADE is a company that has a contract with the Secretariat of Urban Development and Public Works for the management of the Urban Development Fund in the state. The Fund finances urban infrastructure works, municipal plans and supports actions for municipalities in the state of Paraná, enabling the urban policy defined by these municipalities with support from the state government. Projects are defined by the municipalities and sent for analysis to PARANACIDADE, most frequently and in great amount for urban design projects - paving, sidewalks and drainage systems of public streets. Once approved, they are bid and executed with financial resources from the Fund and PARANACIDADE technical supervision until final receipt. Municipalities repay the financing to the Fund, whose interests pay PARANACIDADE, investors and increase the Fund for future works and investments. RUAS project is divided into five phases; the first, feasibility, has already been completed and briefly presents the following data. The feasibility analysis showed that most of the municipalities of the state do not have architects and engineers who work exclusively with urban projects, nor can devote themselves to detailed studies of urban design. Very often constructive projects are outsourced, but with no, or insufficient studies by the municipalities. Frequent problems within this process are lack of clear details, proposals with poor urban quality, errors in accessibility projects, low concern for sustainability, delayed project delivery after financial approval, repetitive project analysis of similar details. In some cases, municipalities miss the deadlines and do not deliver the necessary projects, losing access to resources. The analysis also identified that, in the state of Paraná, there are still about 9,500km of streets that require requalification with paving, drainage, accessibility and landscaping. Most of these streets are in municipalities and neighborhoods with lower income population and, in some cases, in environmental fragility areas. For this demand, the total volume of investments would be approximately US$ 2.5 billion. The project focuses on the streets in the municipalities with the greatest technical need and in the neighborhoods with the lowest income population and environmental fragility. For these priority areas, the required investment would be approximately US$ 800 million. Investments in the accessibility of urban center streets that require improvements to comply with federal legislation and standards are the other focus of the project. Especially in the small municipalities, about 500km of public streets and walkways require sidewalk adaptation works, requiring investments of around US$ 70 million. The technical proposal of the RUAS project is to use PARANAINTERATIVO platform, which gathers georeferenced information from the municipalities of Paraná and already open to the public, including streets axis, as a tool for project development. The technical details will be defined by PARANACIDADE and made available for urban design, filtering the best templates for the reality of the streets to be requalified, which can be carried out with greater speed, quality, performing accessibility and sustainability solutions and ease of analysis and approval by PARANACIDADE. The solutions will be classified in a score system in order to create, at a later stage of the project, SDG-based Urban Quality Certificate. Feasibility phase is complete.

  • Phase 2

    RUAS project is in the second phase: development of the tools, technical and executive project details base to be used in the PARANAINTERATIVO platform. The score system for the Urban Quality Certificate and its use as state grants for the best municipal projects are to be studied too.

  • Phase 3

    Phase three: pilot projects and studies to be conducted for Platform refinement;

  • Phase 4

    Phase four: general implementation and feedback

  • Phase 5

    Phase five: SDG-based Urban Quality Certificate model detailing and mapping of the existed Urban Qualities in the municipalities in PARANAINTERATIVO for urban planning efforts and investment decision making

Current Stage

Advanced Design: Clear funding requirements, operational feasibility. Financial model exists.

Timeline

Yes, there is a timeline.

Project Milestones

The Project milestones are the development of the platform to be mature mid 2020; construction and implementation of pilot projects until the end of 2020; Project refinement and general implementation to begin in 2021.

ESG Impact

The project was designed to improve the quality of urban design and engineering projects, with eligibility requirements linked to a certification system. The focus is on sustainability and accessibility, applied by a system of points that can be monitored and ranked in the state of Paraná: quality of urban design, accountability, local dregane systems (sponge cities concept), local funding, improvements in street lighting, mobility and local waste reuse and treatment.

Beneficiaries

RUAS Project may be adopted in every urban area, nonetheless, low urban quality areas will be primarily focused, such as low income neighborhoods and environmentally fragile areas. Accessible routes (as defined by federal legislation) in dense urban public spaces affect many people, specially disabled people, in the cities, even who don’t live downtown. Considering these, at least 3 million people might be affected.

SDG Goals

SDG 1: No PovertySDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 3: Good Health and Well-beingSDG 4: Quality EducationSDG 5: Gender EqualitySDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationSDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergySDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthSDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSDG 10: Reduced InequalitySDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionSDG 13: Climate ActionSDG 14: Life Below WaterSDG 15: Life on LandSDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals

Rationale

SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation.

Sanitation is mandatory in the general investments on urban infrastructure in use; what the Project intends to advance is on alternative drainage systems like rain gardens or permeable pavement, allowing groundwater recharge;

SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

There is potential to increase infrastructure investments if the gap between financial resources approval and executive projects is filled with quality and focus on accessibility and sustainability. The tool in development is innovative in the sense that it provides municipal technicians the means to study, plan and create projects with templates designed concerning the SDGs, as well as the Urban Quality Certificate;

SDG 10 – Reduced Inequality.

Inequality in urban infrastructure is linked to income. The Project aims at creating means to allow investments on low income cities and neighborhoods at lower costs and more quality. One of the objectives is to reduce urban infrastructure inequality. Another way of reducing inequality is with accessible projects, giving equitable opportunities for mobility.

SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The Project rationale is based on sustainable projects and solutions, as well as accessibility and urban design.

SDG 17 – Partnerships to achieve the Goals.

PARANACIDADE has some partnerships with different organizations, such as the United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank and other institutions. The platform may be used by other institutions to improve urban projects and to be improved by the know-how of experts who apply the tool.

Risks and Limitations

What are the key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project?

The platform assists project development, but it will not achieve a good result if the technicians of the municipalities do not do the research and basic studies with quality;
There is a risk that the platform will be used without the final review and refinement, as if it were enough for cost sheets and technical details;
Project development will depend on ongoing system, technical details and budget spreadsheets maintenance and updating;
The RUAS project cannot be more laborious and complicated than traditional project methodologies, otherwise it will not achieve the objective of increasing the amount of resources to be invested;
At least initially, the project aims at simpler projects for municipalities that have technical difficulties in preparing technical projects. The most structured municipalities and the most complex streets and avenues do not fall within the initial scope of the program.

Risk mitigation and continuity

PARANACIDADE’s institutional and operational framework and the state urban Development Fund have been maintaining different programs over the past 25 years. Two complete programs have already been carried out with international organizations and Parana Urbano 3 program (just as an example of continuity) is in advanced level, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank.

Financing

Type of Investment

Debt

Financing Structure

Entirely Publicly Financed

Secured Investment

Internal investment made by PARANACIDADE

Committed Government Funding

Yes. $50,000,000.00

National and Subnational Investors

RUAS platform on PARANAINTERATIVO needs investments on artificial intelligence, information technology and expert detailing and know-how: US$ 400.000,00. RUAS project implementation may reach US$ 100 million per year. The Urban Development Fund of the state of Parana may cover about 60% of this amount, the other 40% that could increase the investments may be of interest by investors. Importantly, the Urban Development Fund already operates about US$ 80 million every year in investments in municipal projects. RUAS Project intends to improve some of these investments and increase the amount.

Committed Private Funding

N/A

Support

Technical Support Required

The main areas that need to be developed are in artificial intelligence, integrating our planning tool called Parana Interativo, and the development of the Certification System for Sustainable and Accessible Projects in Urban Planning and Urban Design

Stakeholders

Governmental Buy-in

Yes. Subnational/regional level.

Other Forms of Governmental Support

The state government guarantees the Urban Development Fund and the institutional functioning of PARANACIDADE, as well as other resources invested in specific programs. The use of investment grants for the best projects to achieve better results in search of the SDGs is under study.

National Ministries Involved

No national entity involved.

SubNational Ministries Involved

PARANACIDADE Autonomous Social Service.
Key contact: David Pierin, Urban Development Analyst.
Álvaro Cabrini, CEO
Camila Scucato - COO

Other Entities Involved

Regional level involved.
The state government guarantees the Urban Development Fund and the institutional functioning of PARANACIDADE, as well as other resources invested in specific programs. The use of investment grants for the best projects to achieve better results in search of the SDGs is under study.

Licenses and Permits

No

Updates

  • 10th February 2020

    Cities Investment Platform in progress - updates pending

  • 10th February 2020

    Project featured on the Cities Investment Platform, which was launched at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

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No supporting documents included.

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