CDIA Takes Part in the 1st CCFLA Central Asia Hub Roundtable Discussion

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CDIA participated in the first Central Asia Hub roundtable discussion hosted by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA) on 13 September 2023 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The event served as a platform for bringing together CCFLA members such as CDIA and local partners to discuss the challenges and opportunities for accelerating investments toward net-zero carbon buildings in the region. 

As temperatures in Central Asia have increased by about 2°C since pre-industrial levels, scaling up low-carbon infrastructure investment is crucial. CDIA, along with other project preparation facilities presented the range of city preparation and project development support they can provide to Central Asian cities. These can include local capacity development, climate strategy, concept design, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, and/or project structuring and transaction.   

CDIA’s Capacity Development Specialist Kathleen Jovellanos shared how the project preparation facility is helping secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific develop sustainable infrastructure projects to reduce poverty, address climate change, improve the environment, and promote good governance.  

She likewise shared concrete examples of how cities can work together with CDIA through the various projects it has supported in Central Asia and other parts of the region. 

About 50 participants joined the roundtable discussion, which altogether provided insights on how a more coordinated approach between CCFLA members and various stakeholders can scale up solutions to the multiple challenges that cities face.  

The aim of the CCFLA Central Hub is to help accelerate investments and partnerships for net-zero carbon buildings in Central Asia, initially focusing on Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. 

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