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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.

Stakeholder Consultations Cap Off Climate Vulnerability Study in Cambodia

February 18, 2020

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A series of meetings with project stakeholders on 10-12 February 2020 culminated CDIA’s Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (CVAA) in Cambodia.

Representatives from provincial and city governments, Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and development partners engaged actively in the discussions of the Steering Committee and provided insights on the main study findings and recommendations.

Mainstreaming Climate Change in CDIA’s Work

February 18, 2020

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Eighty percent of CDIA’s work is expected to contribute to climate change adaptation and/or mitigation. How well does CDIA integrate climate change in its operations, and how can it build future capacities to undertake climate-related project preparation studies?

Answers to these questions were sought in the Capacity Assessment Workshop held 4-5 February 2020 in Manila, Philippines. Supported by Expertise France and Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), the workshop was the first among the series of activities that hope to build CDIA’s capacity to mainstream climate change in its operations. Acclimatise, leading provider of climate change risk and adaptation services worldwide, will guide CDIA throughout the process.

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.

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