Planners and their organizations throughout the world provide leadership in addressing many societal issues. Often, challenges and successes cross geographic, national, and institutional borders.
Since China's economic reform in 1978, and especially since 1996, the American Planning Association has been working closely with the central and local governments in the People's Republic of China.
Since 1978, APA has sent planners to China for teaching, discussion, and projects. For several years, APA has received many delegations of planners and government officials from China. Workshops help Americans interested in getting more involved in China's planning.
Global Planners Network (GPN) is a network of national planning associations, including APA, that came together to share planning ideas, approaches, and good practices and thereby build the capacities for planning across the globe.
GPN was formed in 2005 in preparation for the World Planners Congress in Vancouver in 2006, where 13 national institutes became signatories to the Vancouver Declaration.
The network is supported by other international organizations and networks such as the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP).
Los Fundamentos de Planificación de Sitios is a Spanish-language training manual on proper site planning. It is focused on the nations of Central America and the Caribbean that were ravaged by Hurricanes Mitch and Georges in 1998. This manual, created by APA's Research Department between October 2000 and December 2001, is directed primarily at Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.
Los Fundamentos de Planificación de Sitios es un manual escrito en español dedicado a la planificación de sitios. Está enfocado principalmente en los países de Centroamérica y del Caribe que más sufrieron los efectos de los huracanes Mitch y Georges en 1998. El Manual, que fue elaborado por el Departamento de Investigaciones de la Asociación Americana de Planificación (APA por sus siglas en inglés) entre octubre de 2000 y diciembre de 2001, está dirigido primeramente a Honduras, Nicaragua y la República Dominicana y específicamente a las zonas de esos países se han sufrido la mayoría de los daños.
A focus on planning in delta and coastal regions has been an APA priority for years.
More recently, APA has expanded its efforts to include the international level, recognizing that delta regions are some of the fastest growing and most precarious human settlements.
Future projects continued engagement with the international delta community through the Delta Alliance and similar organizations.
Urban Planning Initiative
The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Urban Planning Initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of State and led by APA. This initiative supports Latin American and Caribbean based planning projects geared towards addressing the challenges presented by climate change. According to the United Nations 2010/2011 State of the World's Cities Report, these regions are the most urbanized in the developing world, with more than 79 percent of the population living in cities. The ECPA Urban Planning Initiative supports local projects that help Latin American and Caribbean cities to become more energy efficient, economically robust, and equitable, furthering these urban environments' resilience to climate change.