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On 24 March and 3 April, CDIA team members participated in webinars designed to identify concrete steps to further mainstream climate change in their work. Acclimatise guided CDIA throughout the process, with funding support from Agence Française de Développement and Expertise France.
“Over the next few months, we will make adjustments in our operation to better support cities in planning for climate resilience in their infrastructure investments,” said Neil Chadder, CDIA Program Manager.
Through the online exchange, the team has determined specific activities and timelines, and assigned responsibilities towards enriching CDIA’s templates, climate assessment, stakeholder engagement, communications, and monitoring and evaluation.
In particular, CDIA will enhance its consultancy terms of reference and other templates to effectively convey climate-related requirements. The team will also develop guidelines to systematically integrate climate change mitigation and/or adaptation into project designs across all infrastructure sectors.
CDIA will also review the relevant tools and methodologies of its development partners to improve the identification of risk management actions at the start of each project preparation study, and to better align its climate assessments with the requirements of the financier/s funding the project.
The team will also put together communication guidelines to build their confidence in communicating to partners climate change as a key, crosscutting consideration in CDIA’s work.
Finally, CDIA will enhance its climate indicators and impact assessments to effectively track and report on its contributions to climate change adaptation and/or mitigation.
The CDIA team was able to come up with these concrete interventions after completing a capacity assessment and gap analysis exercise in February. When travel restrictions associated with Covid-19 pandemic are lifted, CDIA will undergo training activities to bridge the gaps identified during the assessment and develop the team’s capacities to further mainstream climate change in their work.