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Tbilisi Accelerates Shift to Sustainable Mobility

February 11, 2020

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Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi is undergoing significant changes with the upgrading of its public transport system. With massive work still needing to be done, CDIA’s advisory and project preparation support will help facilitate the city’s shift to sustainable mobility.

On 19-25 January 2020, CDIA’s Program Manager Neil Chadder led various kick-off meetings with the Transport Department (TD) and other partners to launch the Tbilisi City Hall Transport Department Advisory Project. He also met with officials of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Tbilisi Transport Company and other stakeholders to develop the Terms of Reference (TOR) for CDIA’s project preparation study under cover of ADB’s Livable Cities Investment Program.

CDIA Begins Work in 20th Partner Country

January 30, 2020

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CDIA has formally set up its project preparation study (PPS) in the Republic of Uzbekistan, the 20th country to welcome CDIA’s support in infrastructure development.

CDIA will work with the Government of Uzbekistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to identify and prepare priority infrastructure projects to be included in the Integrated Urban Development Project (IUDP). It is an investment program that seeks to improve city livability and economic competitiveness through integrated urban development approach.

CDIA and Lao Government Forge Partnership to Develop Infrastructure Projects in Select Cities

January 29, 2020

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CDIA recently signed an agreement with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) of Lao People’s Democratic Republic to work together to address urgent development needs in the cities of Pakse, Luang Prabang and Kaysone Phomvihane.

Khanthavy Thaiphachanh, Director General of the Department of Housing and Urban Planning of MPWT signed the agreement with Lara Arjan, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Project Officer responsible for CDIA. Chee Anne Roňo, Urban Development Specialist of CDIA, represented Lara Arjan during the signing ceremony.

CDIA Shares Project Design Innovations to Manage Water Pollution in Huangshan City

December 23, 2019

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In the knowledge sharing and exchange session held 17-18 December 2019 in Huangshan City, People’s Republic of China, CDIA presented key innovations and international best practices in water pollution management to city representatives and stakeholders. These are expected to add value to the efforts of the Huangshan Municipal Government (HMG) in protecting the ecological system of the Xin’an River, to ensure water security for the residents including those living in the downstream of the river basin.

12 Years of Shaping Infrastructure Investments in Asia and the Pacific

December 23, 2019

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From 2007 to December 2019, CDIA has supported 111 cities across 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific. As a result of CDIA interventions, 77 PPSs and 153 projects in 87 cities have been successfully linked to an estimated $11.2 billion investment.

In 2019, CDIA has completed 10 PPSs in 21 cities; while 9 PPSs in 15 cities are still ongoing. What has been the value of CDIA’s support to these cities? What key lessons can be derived from these studies? Together, let’s look back to our completed PPSs this year.

Baguio City Takes Steps to Ease Water Pollution

December 10, 2019

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Balili River in Baguio City, Philippines flows through the Valley of Colors, famous for its cluster of houses turned into a huge, vibrant piece of art. Yet, the dull waters of the river imply that the Baguio Sewage Treatment Plant (BSTP) barely two kilometers away is inadequate in stemming water pollution.

To address this issue, the city government took steps to improve its wastewater management together with flood and drainage initiatives. As observed during the recent CDIA monitoring visit, many of these efforts were derived from the pre-feasibility study (PFS) conducted by CDIA in 2016.

Climate Vulnerability Study to Help Shape Investments in Four Cambodian Cities

December 2, 2019

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At the workshop held 19 November 2019 in Phnom Penh, CDIA presented the results of its Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment for the cities of Battambang, Kampot, Kratie and Chhlong.

The study, with support from Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) and the European Union, will guide the prioritization of investments for the “Sustainable Development of Secondary Cambodian Cities Project” of the Royal Government of Cambodia and AFD. It is directly managed by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT).

Green Infrastructure Investments Set to Enhance Pakse’s Natural Beauty

November 26, 2019

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An excellent place to get a perspective of Pakse is from Wat Phousalao on a hilltop, where a golden Buddha sits still, watching over the city. One could easily think it is by divine intervention that Pakse is endowed with natural beauty. The Mekong and Xedon rivers and the nearby mountains contribute to it having one of the finest settings in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR).

To preserve this natural advantage, the Governor of Champasack Province worked with CDIA in 2009 to develop a pre-feasibility study (PFS) for the Pakse Urban Environmental Improvement Project (PUEIP), an investment program supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

CDIA Initiates City Engagement to Prepare AFD’s Climate Resilience and Urban Development Project in Bac Kan and Ha Nam

November 14, 2019

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From 6-12 October 2019, CDIA conducted site visits and met with provincial and city-level officials of Bac Kan and Phu Ly in Vietnam, two cities identified under AFD’s proposed Climate Resilience in Bac Kan and Ha Nam Project (CRBH). With support from AFD and the European Union, CDIA’s engagement seeks to improve project readiness for possible downstream AFD financing.

Today is World Cities Day!

October 31, 2019

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In line with the theme of “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations,” how does CDIA contribute to shaping the cities of tomorrow? What are some of its innovative approaches to address challenges and ensure a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable urban future?

“Stimulating innovation is a key objective of CDIA in working with cities,” said Neil Chadder, Program Manager. “We do so by going beyond introducing cutting edge technologies. It is more about addressing specific needs to ensure that benefits are optimized for the city residents,” he added.

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