Climate Resilient Urban Infrastructure: From Understanding to Implementation

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Are Asian cities fully equipped with the comprehension and know-how in preparing infrastructure investments aimed at gaining ground on climate change adaptation and resilience? For most, the answer is no. In response to this gap, the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) collaborated with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore Environment Institute and USAID Adapt Asia Pacific to deliver a 5-day course on “Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience.”

Held in Singapore from May 23-27, 2016, it brought together local government officials from the cities of San Jose del Monte and Tuguegarao in the Philippines, Balikpapan and Tanjungpinang in Indonesia, Surat in India, Rajshahi in Bangladesh and the province of Punjab in Pakistan.

The training materials were delivered using a mix of lectures and workshops split into five modules. Participants gained practical knowledge and skills on how to conduct threat profiling and vulnerability assessment, generate climate change adaptation options after doing a problem tree and objective tree, prepare project proposals and come up with a design monitoring framework (DMF), and access alternative financing sources for projects.
As part of experiential learning on Singapore’s initiatives, site visits were done at the NEWater facilities which convert wastewater to potable water, ABC Waters which promotes eco-system based and public recreation approach to drainage canals, and Semakau landfill that showcased technologies on collection, waste handling, and disposal.

The trainer swere Dr. Keith Bettinger and Dr. Kem Lowry from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, Joy Bailey and Thomas Wong from CDIA, with inputs from experts sent by Singapore’s Ntaional Environment Agency (NEA), National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), and the Public Utilities Board, Singapore (PUB) .CDIA runs this Cities and Climate Change course once a year.

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