Mainstreaming Climate Change in CDIA’s Work

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Eighty percent of CDIA’s work is expected to contribute to climate change adaptation and/or mitigation. How well does CDIA integrate climate change in its operations, and how can it build future capacities to undertake climate-related project preparation studies?

Answers to these questions were sought in the Capacity Assessment Workshop held 4-5 February 2020 in Manila, Philippines. Supported by Expertise France and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the workshop was the first among the series of activities that hope to build CDIA’s capacity to further mainstream climate change in its operations. Acclimatise, leading provider of climate change risk and adaptation services worldwide, will guide CDIA throughout the process.

“Systematically integrating climate change considerations throughout the project process will help ensure that CDIA’s partner cities have the best chance of identifying climate-resilient and low-carbon infrastructure projects at an early stage – and importantly linking these to finance,” said Jennifer Steeves, Senior Advisor of Acclimatise and one of the facilitators of the capacity assessment workshop.

“The goal would be for CDIA staff to feel confident in their ability to support their partner cities in identifying and planning for climate resilience in their investments,” she added.

The Capacity Assessment Workshop adopted a standardized approach. While it validated the findings of the desk-based review of CDIA’s operational and project documents, it also more importantly used the seven success factors to determine the current and intended future capacities of the team. These factors comprise governance and management; climate information; design and implementation; human and institutional capacity; stakeholder engagement; monitoring, evaluation and reporting; and knowledge management.

Consultations with CDIA’s donors, partners, and beneficiaries complemented the assessment; and existing materials and guidelines from CDIA’s partners were further considered.

The assessment has enabled CDIA to identify opportunities and entry points for further integrating climate change into its processes. Specific recommendations were included in key project milestones, from project identification and scoping until monitoring and evaluation.

“What’s most encouraging is that the CDIA team clearly recognizes the importance of getting better at integrating climate change into their activities and are bringing their own ideas to the table on how this can be achieved,” said Jennifer Steeves.

“Opportunities have been identified to meaningfully inform, solicit suggestions, and get the buy-in of the cities’ stakeholders at each step of the project preparation process,” added Voltaire Acosta, Climate Change Mitigation Specialist/Consultant of Acclimatise.

Following the assessment workshop, specific training activities will be conducted to address capacity gaps. It will also develop guidelines for mainstreaming climate change in cities; and subsequently, roll-out training activities in identified partner cities.


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