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To demonstrate how local governments address some of the common challenges in building sustainable and resilient cities, CDIA’s partner, Yangzhou City showcased their initiatives at the Asia Forum held on 19-21 June 2017 in Haiyang City, People’s Republic of China.
Organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Haiyang City Government, the event brought together local governments from the Asia-Pacific region, and from countries implementing the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) programs from around the world. It also brought together representatives from the academe, private sector and civil society to discuss collaborative partnerships towards building sustainable and resilient cities and rural areas.
During the Session on “Climate Change National Adaptation Plans and Nationally-Determined Contributions: Implementation at the Local Level,” Deputy Director Xue Bin Kuan from the Yangzhou Old Town Preservation Department, together with Deputy Director Zhangj Jin of the Yangzhou Urban Rural Construction Department and Vice President Liang Yurong of Yangzhou Mincheng Construction Company presented Yangzhou City’s low carbon urban development project.
Yangzhou’s low carbon urban renewal project, a prize-winning project served as a good demonstration of how its implementation has helped strengthen the city’s capacities and institutional mechanisms to address long-term climate change impacts.
In 2008, CDIA supported the City of Yangzhou to develop sustainable solutions to urban upgrading and heritage conservation, rehabilitation and development of wetlands, and construction of water treatment plants. Based on CDIA’s inputs in integrating cultural preservation into urban renewal, Yangzhou’s low carbon city project has applied energy efficiency technologies and measures to the traditional architecture and community style. While preserving the traditional street layout, the project has improved its urban infrastructure and quality of urban life.