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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 […]

ADB, CDIA Facilitate City-to-City Learning Exchange on Urban Mobility in South Caucasus

March 13, 2020

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Yerevan and Tbilisi face similar mobility issues. As the capital cities of Armenia and Georgia reform their transport systems, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and CDIA supported the conduct of a city-to-city learning exchange among senior officials on 5-6 March 2020 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Yerevan First Deputy Mayor Hrachya Sargsyan led the Armenian delegation. He said that as Yerevan and Tbilisi are post-Soviet cities, they have common challenges and it is important to learn from each other. He was keen to look at Tbilisi’s strategy, traffic management, pedestrianization, procurement of new buses and bus maintenance to match their own public transport improvement measures.

MPWT, Local Governments Consider Infrastructure Investments to Improve Quality of Life in Lao PDR

February 26, 2020

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At the inception workshops conducted in Kaysone Phomvihane, Pakse, Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) together with local leaders agreed to formulate city livability plans to help identify infrastructure investments that will support their development priorities and livable city aspirations.

The new ‘elevated’ cities of Kaysone Phomvihane, Pakse and Luang Prabang are recipients of the CDIA grant funding for project preparation study that will identify and prepare infrastructure projects for solid waste management, wastewater management, and streetscape improvement. The inputs will then be incorporated into the Livable Cities Investment Program of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Lao PDR, programmed for 2021.

Knowledge Products on Innovative Approaches to Xin’an River Restoration Set to be Published

February 25, 2020

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Cities in People’s Republic of China (PRC) and other Asia-Pacific countries will soon learn how innovation and best practices can be applied in managing water pollution, with the preparation of knowledge products (KPs) that will showcase how Xin’an River in Huangshan City can be protected to ensure water security for its residents.

Both in English and Mandarin, the KPs will focus on: first flush run-off control and storm water management; environmental monitoring and emergency response system for industrial parks; climate change adaptation and mitigation; and application of information and communication technologies (ICT) for environmental monitoring and data analysis.

Spreading the Word on Cities and Climate Change

February 24, 2020

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Insights and key information on climate change and its effects on cities will soon be a few clicks away. The new partnership between CDIA and Clickable Vietnam will boost the organization’s outreach efforts and create a variety of communication materials over the next two years.

With support from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the European Union, the partnership will implement a communication roadmap that will raise awareness on the key challenges of climate and urban development, disseminate best practices, and share experiences of CDIA’s partner cities in preparing climate-compatible, low carbon and resilient investments.

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