Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Regeneration Plan

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  • Urban Developments
Lagos, Nigeria
Makoko-Iwaya Waterfront communities | SERAC, Lagos | Urban Spaces Innovation, Lagos | Heinrich Böll Stiftung Nigeria | Fabulous Urban, Lagos/Zürich | Center for Understanding Sustainable Practice (CUSP), Aberdeen | Advanced Design & Planning Services, Lag
Urban design and planning team at Fabulous Urban
Fabienne Hoelzel, Mélanie Jeannet, Rujun Jia, Saskia Niklas, Dácil Rodrigues

The Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Regeneration Plan is a comprehensive neighborhood plan. It looks at all facet of life and development in Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront including land use, housing, tourism opportunities, economic development, tenure security, funding strategies and institutional framework for implementation and management. Apart from responding to the physical development issues on which Lagos State Government justified its intervention in July 2012, it addresses the economic and social dimensions, which have tremendous potentials for building the resilience of Lagos, increasing the livability index of the city and adaptation for implementation in other coastal communities in Lagos. The plan was presented to Lagos State Government (LASG) in February 2014.

In 2014, the Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Regeneration Plan was shortlisted for the Fuller Challenge, New York, USA.

Since then, the Makoko Neighborhood Hotspot, developed by Fabulous Urban and implemented in close collaboration with SERAC and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Nigeria was implemented and inaugurated in December 2015. 

In June 2016, the Makoko Neighborhood Hotspot Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited was founded and inaugurated, again in close collaboration with SERAC and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Nigeria. 

Fabulous Urban drafted together with an economist three business plans for biogas linked toilets, a mini biogas reactor and a mini solar plant to be implemented and run at the Makoko Neighborhood Hotspot. Fabulous Urban is currently raising the money for the necessary initial investment.

The Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Regeneration Plan set goals for physical, economic and social revitalization for the community under 11 Chapters:

Chapter 1 – Introduction 22

Chapter 2 – Existing Situation In Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Community 37

Chapter 3 – Revision Of Existing Policy Framework And Plans Related To Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Community 51

Chapter 4 – Planning Scenario - Neighbourhood And Infrastructure Plans 59

Chapter 5 – Planning Scenario – Housing 79

Chapter 6 – Planning Scenario – Tourism 105

Chapter 7 – Makoko Economic Development Strategies 114

Chapter 8 – Tenure System And Development Permits In Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Community 126

Chapter 9 – Funding Framework For The Regeneration Of Makoko / Iwaya Waterfront Community 133

Chapter 10 – Institutional Framework For Regeneration And Management Of Makoko / Iwaya Waterfront Community 141

Chapter 11– Conclusion

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