Approximately 100 participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand attended the Asia Urban Resilience Finance Forum, held in May 24-25, 2017 at the Anantara Siam Hotel in Bangkok. Participants represented municipal officials, international development practitioners, donor institutions, non-government organizations, and the private sector. The objective of the forum was to bring together policymakers and urban practitioners across Asia to identify and address the capacity building needs of cities and governments, and empower them to develop robust resilience plans and bankable resilience project proposals.
Organized by the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific project in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank, and Cities Development Initiative for Asia, this two-day forum was a platform for participants to share city experiences relating to project preparation and identifying solutions to tackle financing challenges. Twenty cities from across the region were represented at the forum with eight Mayors and Deputy Mayors in attendance. Through interactive sessions and case studies, cities had the opportunity to interact with experts and peers by sharing lessons and best practices.
Delegates from five secondary cities—Faridpur, Bangladesh, Hat Yai, Thailand, Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia, Semarang, Indonesia, and Surat, India—presented their vulnerabilities and demonstrated initiatives to make their cities more resilient. Three of cities further presented specific project ideas to address vulnerabilities and build resilience. Experts from development partners shared practical guidelines on preparing bankable urban adaptation projects, and discussed to effectively mobilize climate finance for such urban resilience projects.
“Mainstreaming our urban resilience strategy into development planning is important, but collaborating, coordinating, and sharing the resilience plan with different development agencies will help enhance the plan more efficient and achieve results,” said Mr. Phorpminea Hing, Deputy Governor of Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang Municipality.
During the forum, participants learned about “the Urban Resilience Roadmap,” an innovative tool to bridge the gap between policy and implementation. The Roadmap helps decision-makers navigate the process of building urban resilience through three key phases—planning, operationalizing, and project development and finance. The Roadmap is also intended as a tool to improve coordination among development partners working in urban resilience. .
The forum also provided an opportunity for participants and cities to improve their resilience strategies, strengthen institutional capacity to integrate the resilience approach into development actions, and access international, domestic and private sector funds.
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