Call for Experts – ISOCARP UPAT Chapala

Call for Experts - ISOCARP UPAT Chapala

ISOCARP invites experts from a wide range of fields related to waterfront urban development to apply to be part of the ISOCARP Urban Planning Advisory Team – Chapala Lake Shore 2022.  

UPAT Chapala: ISOCARP Institute in cooperation with ISOCARP Society will organize, facilitate, and carry out a UPAT from August 1st to 9th in Chapala, Mexico on the topic of waterfront urban development, and addressing the challenges along the Chapala Lake shore. 

Date: August 1-9, 2022

Location: Chapala, Mexico

Main Objectives: 

  • To have a qualified perspective and opinion on how to order the territory and take advantage of the potential of Chapala Lake, in particular its urban shore. 
  • Shape this opinion in a ‘big vision’ approach, with a long-term scope, but with short term strategic actions. 
  • Develop and contribute a strategic document that can be convincing in promoting the initiative before third parties e initiative before third parties. 

Area of Expertise Required: 

  • Lake front urban development 
  • Water optimal use, sewage treatment and water reuse 
  • Urban mobility 
  • Touristic development 
  • Environmental and landscape development 
  • Urban regulation, financing and management 

Expert Profiles: 

Note: Spanish speaking candidates will be highly relevant for candidate selection 


Relative Work Experience 

Required Key Skills 

Team Leader 

10 Years 

  • Local Urban Governance (e.g. managing multi-actor and inter-institutional planning processes)/management of intermunicipal processes; 
  • Designing urban facilities, key services for sustainable development; 
  • Management and design of Public Private Partnerships; 
  • Knowledge of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans/Methods; 
  • Tourism Led Development Planning 

Senior Expert in Urban Design & Planning 

5 Years 

  • Nature Based Solutions Management and Design 
  • Experience in Strategic Planning and Sustainable Urban Mobility 
  • Tourism Led Development Management/Planning 

Senior Expert in Land Use Management 

5 Years 

  • Urban standards technical norms 
  • Landscape Planning Design and Planning 
  • Waterfront design/master planning 

Senior Expert in water and waste management 

5 Years 

  • Ecosystem Services Management 
  • Water Infrastructure Design 
  • Circular Economy Processes Design 

Senior Expert in Urban and Financial Governance 

5 Years 

  • Multi-level governance 
  • Participatory planning processes management 
  • Housing Development 
  • Tourism Led Financial Models 

Junior expert in Urban Design & Planning 

2 Years 

  • Master plans design 
  • Urban design 
  • Landscape, Nature Based Solution Design 

Application Procedure: 

Applicants are requested to complete an application form including: 

  • Indication of expert profile 
  • Statement of interest and suitability for position 
  • Submit a detailed CV 
  • List of relevant previous work related to the position and publications 

Please note: 

Only ISOCARP Members are eligible to apply.

  • You can only apply online. Applications sent by email and/or post will not be processed. 

Additional information: 

For more information about this call, please contact Johnathan Subendran mail: , and Taliah Dommerholt mail:  

The Call for Experts will remain open till May 31st, 2022. Applications submitted after 23:59 on May 31st, 2022 will not be accepted. 

UPAT Schedule and Key Dates: 

May 2nd, 2022 

Call for Experts; Accepting Applications 

May 16th – June 6th 

Info Preparation and Delivery 

June 1st – 6th  

Selection Process 

June 7th – 30th 

Travel and Logistic Arrangement 

July 4th – 8th , July 25th – 29th  

Venue Preparation  

August 1st – 5th  


August 8th – September 9th  

Report Development 

UPAT Background: Chapala Lake, lies on the Mexican Plateau at 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level in the states of Jalisco and Michoacán. Chapala is Mexico’s largest lake, measuring approximately 48 miles (77 km) east-west by 10 miles (16 km) north-south and covering an area of 417 square miles (1,080 square km). Despite its size, the lake is very shallow and is susceptible to infestations of water hyacinth. It is fed principally by the Lerma River from the east and is drained by the Santiago River, which flows out of its northeastern side. The lake is surrounded by many mountains and sierras and contains three small islands. 

Lake’s challenges: The city of Guadalajara has relied on Chapala Lake as a principal source of water since the 1950s. Shortly after, a few consecutive years of poor rainfall dramatically decreased the water level of the lake. The level rebounded until 1979, when Chapala Lake’s water level began rapidly decreasing due to increases in urban water consumption. 

Erosion due to deforestation along the lake as well as the Lerma River has led to increased sedimentation of the lake, also contributing to loss of lake depth. The shrinking depth has also raised the lake’s average temperature, resulting in increased evaporation. 

Simultaneously, the waters of Chapala Lake are polluted by municipal, industrial and agricultural wastes, coming primarily from the Lerma River. The increased presence of nutrients from the pollution combined with the warmer water has been a boon to an invasive species of water hyacinth. 

The increase in water pollution has had devastating effects on the ecology of the lake. Fish stock has decreased dramatically and some endemic species are on the verge of extinction. Contaminated fish stock has also posed a serious threat to the health and livelihoods of people who depend on the fish for food.  

The drop in the lake’s water level has uncovered political issues that had been hidden for many years. Its fast decay has raised concern in the surrounding areas and in the scientific community.  

Lake’s potential: The scenic setting, pleasant climate, picturesque villages dotting the shores, thermal waters SPAs, local folklore and good fishing, make the lake a popular resort and, increasingly by the late 20th century, an important retirement center for U.S. and Canada citizens. 

Main Themes: 

The mains of related to the UPAT Chapala are 

  1. Urban Mobility 
  2. Sewage 
  3. Basic Infrastructure and Services 
  4. Lake Shore 
  5. Agriculture  
  6. Land Use 
  7. Urban Regulation 
  8. Urban Management 

To read more about the themes, please see here 

For more information about this call, please contact Johnathan Subendran mail: , and Taliah Dommerholt mail: