Urban and rural resettlement are impacting vulnerable communities throughout the world and particularly in Asia where population densities are high and replacement land for agriculture and urban resettlement is limited. In February 2017, a symposium on the topic “Resettlement and Livelihoods” was held in Manila, Philippines, under the auspices of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank (WB) and the University of the Philippines, to discuss key learnings on resettlement and livelihoods on urban and rural resettlement projects in Asia and internationally, and to encourage networking between practitioners, civil society, government, development banks, and industry on this critical issue.
The 300+ symposium participants heard from 53 speakers over 3 days on a range of key resettlement and livelihood themes. Their presentations are summarized in this introductory paper. The symposium partners believe that the key lessons from the symposium should be available to a wider group of stakeholders and therefore this compendium provides an overview of the key lessons with paper summaries and links to a web site where the symposium presentations can be downloaded.