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Improving the Environment through Infrastructure Development

June 4, 2020

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Asia’s fast-growing cities stress the environment and threaten to do irreversible damage to the climate. However, the negative consequences of urbanization can be mitigated or even avoided.

CDIA’s development specialists have been working with growing cities over the past decade, and they have seen that Asia Pacific cities are capable of utilizing infrastructure to develop in harmony with their environment – while also increasing their climate resilience.

Breathing Life into Urban Communities

May 27, 2020

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Many Asia Pacific cities have pockets of decaying or underutilized areas that hamper city livability and economic viability. The cities of Djizzak, Khiva and Yangiyer/Havas in Uzbekistan are currently facing this issue, that is why they have decided to implement urban regeneration initiatives to transform their rundown neighborhoods into vibrant communities and find new purposes for their underused or neglected urban spaces.

To facilitate these measures, national and city officials are working with CDIA on a project preparation study (PPS) to pilot integrated urban development approaches. Urban regeneration is a key component of the PPS, along with solid waste management, water supply and sanitation. When completed, the PPS will inform the Asian Development Bank’s Integrated Urban Development Project.

CDIA’s Work Continues, Even in the Face of A Global Emergency

April 28, 2020

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CDIA has taken measures to adapt and keep its projects on track during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDIA team is headquartered in Manila, but since 12 March they have been working from their respective homes in the cities of Newbury, UK; Shanghai, PRC; Adelaide, Australia; Tbilisi, Georgia; and Metro Manila in the Philippines.

Though in-field visits are on pause, CDIA has been able to build on the work they had in progress before the COVID-19 lockdown by keeping in contact with their development partners and coordinating tasks remotely.

Reinforcing Climate Change Adaptation Investments with Capacity Development

April 27, 2020

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Cambodia is one of the top ten countries most vulnerable to climate change.  Despite a bid by the national government to enhance the country’s capacities to implement effective adaptation measures, there is still a need to improve these capacities at the sub-national level. To help advance climate adaptation in Cambodia’s secondary cities, CDIA recently completed a study on Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (CVAA), wherein it recommended a capacity development roadmap to reinforce its proposed adaptation options for Battambang, Kampot, Kratie and Chhlong.

Reducing the Environmental Impact of Developing Cities

April 21, 2020

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Asia is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing cities.

Increased urbanization will bring some economic benefits, but it may also accelerate environmental degradation — unless cities pursue sustainable development plans.

CDIA has spent more than 12 years working to minimize environmental impact in Asia Pacific cities. Now that some time has passed, CDIA is able to assess how two of its early projects in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) protected urban water bodies while also increasing livability.

Spotlight on CDIA’s Urban Development Specialist, Brian Capati

April 17, 2020

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“Regardless of whether the city is Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines or Darkhan in Mongolia, stories of how CDIA initiated a change in their city always strike a chord in me.”

For Brian Capati, positive feedback from partners makes his work at CDIA extra special.

Mr. Capati is CDIA’s Urban Development Specialist. A Civil Engineer by profession, he joined CDIA in June 2014 and has since then directly managed 20 project preparation studies (PPS) in the sectors of water supply and sanitation, flood and drainage, solid waste management and urban renewal.

CDIA Lines Up Activities to Better Integrate Climate Change in its Operation

April 6, 2020

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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.

Developing Integrated Solutions for Urban Issues in Uzbekistan

April 6, 2020

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Recognizing cities as engines of growth, Uzbekistan has set sustainable urbanization as a priority agenda, with the goal of increasing its urbanization level to 60% by 2030. This policy calls for an integrated approach to urban development, to ensure that environmental protection, poverty alleviation and improvement of quality of life are incorporated in the way cities are planned, designed and developed. 

Under its project preparation study (PPS) for Asian Development Bank’s Integrated Urban Development Project (IUDP) in Uzbekistan, CDIA completed an inception report, which outlines the development issues in the secondary cities of Djizzak, Khiva and Yaniyer (and its neighboring town, Havas). It also provides insights on how a cohesive and multi-stakeholder approach can address these issues. 

Climate Resilience Through Water Supply

March 21, 2020

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Cities in Asia and the Pacific continue to grapple with a clean water crisis, and climate change will only amplify the challenge. In response, CDIA has been preparing infrastructure projects to secure potable water supply and increase the climate resilience of cities in Myanmar, Indonesia and various other countries in the region.

“One thing that is not clearly understood: The world has enough water,” says CDIA Program Manager Neil Chadder. “The problem with water is that it’s not always available where and when required.”

A Message from CDIA

March 20, 2020

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First, our heart goes to those who have been affected by Covid-19. In this unprecedented and challenging time, we want you to know that the health of our consulting team members and partners is our top priority. Over the last two weeks, we have pursued work from home arrangement under the guidance of our fund […]

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