RC2015
Resilient Cities 2015

Resilient Cities Program Tuesday, 9 June

9:00 - 10:30 Opening Panel

Finance Forum

Session Description

Facilitator: Astrid Westerlind Wigström, Senior Advisor Urban Resilience, The World Bank, Washington DC, USA

Contributors: 

Summary

Representatives from local governments, funding agencies, intermediary organizations, and the private sector discussed innovative mechanisms and approaches for financing climate adaptation.

11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Theme Sessions C

C1 PANEL: Cities Learn Best from Each Other! The Importance and Benefits of Local Government Networks

Session Description

Facilitators: 

  • Jessica Baier, Senior Project Manager, Engagement Global, Bonn, Germany
  • Anne Doose, Policy Advisor Urban and Municipal Development, GIZ, Bonn, Germany
  • Josephine Lee, Program Manager, USAID CityLinks Program, International City/County Management Association, Washington D.C., USA
    Introduction presentation about USAID CityLinks Program                

Panelists:

Floor intervention:

  • Steve Gawler, Director International Programs, ICLEI Oceania, Melbourne, Austrailia

 

Organized in cooperation with International City/County Management Association; GIZ; Engagement Global 

**The session was followed by an Open Consultation on Local Governments side-session organized by GIZ Germany (see below)**

C2 PRESENTATIONS: Urban Flows: City inter-dependencies and infrastructure disruptions

Session Description

Facilitator: Magnus Qvant, Secretary General, Resilient Regions Association, Malmö, Sweden

Presenters:

  • Chin-De Chen, Deputy Mayor, City of Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei
    Constructing a Resilient and Safe City - Kaohsiung Experience 

Organized in cooperation with the Resilient Cities Association

C3 WORKSHOP: Capacity Building for Climate Adaptation in North Rhine-Westphalia and Beyond

Session description

Facilitator: Klaus Reuter, Director of Lndesarbeitsgemeinschaft Agenda 21 NRW, Dortmund, Germany

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Summary

Drawing on a training course of the Bildungszentrum für Entsorgungs- und Wasserwirtschaft (Training Center on Utilities and Waste Management) and LAG21 (a network of municipalities) this workshop focused on local climate change adaptation and discussed cities' adaptation needs and best practices and considered how these can be applied in other municipalities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and beyond. 

Organized in cooperation with the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKULNV)

C4 PANEL: Finance Forum - Role of Multilateral Funding Institutions: Perspectives from the GEF Network

Session Description

Facilitator: Saliha Dobardzic, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Global Environment Facility, Washington DC, USA

Towards Sustainable and Resilient Cities: Experience from the Global Environment Facility

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Summary

This session reviewed the experience of key multilateral development organizations, part of the Global Environment Facility's network of agencies, and currently implementing projects in urban resilience. The panelists discussed the challenges of securing funding for adaptation, country/city dichotomy and ways to obstacles associated with it, harmonizing diverse development objectives, and structuring different streams of finance - some dedicated to adaptation, others earmarked for investments in various sectors, such as transport or water services - for supporting resilient development in cities. 

Organized in cooperation with the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)

13:30 - 14:30 Poster Session

Posters

Session Description

 

Special young researchers' poster exhibition

14:30 - 16:00 Parallel Theme Sessions D

D1 TRAINING: Cities Master Class: A Workshop on Planning for Engineering Infrastructure Risk

Session Description

Facilitator:

Summary

This workshop provided municipal staff and infrastructure practitioners with information about, and practice with, two practical tools and processes that assess the risks of current and future climate on public infrastructure that is owned, operated and/or regulated by any level of government. This workshop attracted practitioners who are involved in policy, planning, design, operation, and regulation of public infrastructure and who need to consider the changing climate for these activities for new infrastructure or for rehabilitating or retrofitting existing infrastructure.

Organized in cooperation with ICLEI Canada, Engineers Canada, and the World Federation of Engineers

D2 WORKSHOP: Comprehensive Climate Risk Management: Selecting the Right Pieces of the Puzzle

Session Description

Facilitator

Summary

This workshop introduced participants to the loss and damage debate with regards to cities and attempted to improve capacities regarding disaster and climate risk management. The facilitators introduced a decision-making tool for selecting adaptation measures based on multi-criteria and cost-benefit analysis for better resource allocation. Participants learned how to approach disaster and climate risk management in urban areas as well as how to make decisions on the design and prioritization of measures. The tool provided a starting point to think about potential losses and damages due to climate change impacts and on the urgent need for effective decision-making approaches to select the best adaptation and risk management options in a context of scarce resources. 

Organized in cooperation with GIZ GmbH

D3 PRESENTATIONS: Communicating resilience: Building Community Awareness and Inspiring Action

Session Description

Facilitator: Diane Archer, Researcher, Human Settlements Group, iied, London, United Kingdom

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D4 WORKSHOP: Fail Forward! Learning from Failures in Adaptation Planning

Session Description

Facilitator

  • Minu Hemmati, Senior Associate, Climate Dialogue, Adelphi, Berlin, Germany
    Fail Forward! Climate Dialgue's session on Resilience
  • Marcus Andreas, Project Manager, Climate Dialogue, Adelphi, Berlin, Germany
  • Kora Rösler, Project Assistant, Climate Dialogue, Adelphi, Berlin, Germany

Presenters: 

Summary

This workshop focused on learning from failure in urban resilience planning by fostering open discourse with the aim to generate knowledge transfer for actors in the environmental field.

Organized in cooperation with Adelphi 

D5 PANEL Finance Forum: What can local financing bring to funding mechanisms for adaptation?

Session Description

Facilitator: Clément Larrue, Lead specialist on cities and climate change, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

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Summary

The session demonstrated the relevance and role of local and national financial institutions' dedicated funds as direct or indirect providers to finance municipalities’ climate-resilient investments. An overview on the main funding mechanisms that cities can mobilize to finance their adaptation projects was presented. This overview was based on the experiences of different local financial institutions from Latin America.

Organized in cooperation with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

16:45 -18:15 Parallel Theme Sessions E

E1 REALITY CHECK WORKSHOP: A Stepwise Approach to Adaptation Planning and Implementation in Two Coastal Cities in Mozambique: Pemba and Quelimane

Session Description

Facilitators: Carlos Quintela, Chief of Party, USAID Coastal City Adaptation Project, Chemonics International, Washington DC, USA
Reality Check: A stepwise approach to adaptation planning and implementation in two coastal cities in Mozambique

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Summary
This reality check workshop illustrated how coastal cities Pemba and Quelimane are responding to major challenges by taking a stepwise approach to building their climate change adaptation planning capacity, engaging communities with concrete demonstration projects, and working in conjunction with national agencies to improve their disaster response capacities.

Organized in cooperation with Chemonics/ USAID

E2 PANEL: Adaptation Capacities in densely Populated Areas: Lessons from Bangladesh and Egypt

Session Description

Facilitators: Martin Dirr, Advisor on Urban Development, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany

Keynote: Diane Archer, Researcher, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development, London, UK
Community-based adaptation in urban areas - From theory to practice


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Summary

This session presented and reflected on recent experiences, practices, complexities and challenges in the field of community based adaptation (CBA). Implementation, design, challenges, gaps and success stories of this promising approach were explored. Practitioners from 3 continents shed light on their practical experiences; lessons learned and defined the differences between theory and practice. This provided the audience with essentials of successful community based adaptation and helped them develop new or reflect and modify their existing CBA projects.

Organized in cooperation with GIZ GmbH

E3 WORKSHOP: Green and Gray Infrastructure Solutions for Enhancing Resilience to Urban Flooding

Session description

Facilitator: Alice Reil, Officer, Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe, Freiburg, Germany

Speakers:

Summary

This workshop focused on ways and means to arrive at rational decisions on green infrastructure  solutions for resilient urban water systems. Participants learned about different criteria to assess green - or gray-green – infrastructure solutions, practical tools for science-based decision-making under uncertainty and real-life opportunities and challenges experienced in Green Infrastructure planning
and implementation.

Organized in cooperation with UNEP-DHI Partnership and ICLEI European Secretariat

E4 PRESENTATIONS: Creating Climate-Resilient Public Health Systems

Session Description

Facilitators: Anthony Socci, Senior Advisor on Climate and Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA), Washington DC, USA

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E5 WORKSHOP: Finance Forum - Roundtable Workshop

Session Description 

Chair: Steve Gawler, Director International Programs, ICLEI Oceania, Melbourne, Austrailia

Participants chose from one of 3 tables, each hosting a workshop or discussion:

  • Climate change adaptation funding writeshop: Positioning and writing to win
  • Hosted by ICF International.
    Table hosts:

    Molly Hellmuth, Senior Climate Risk Expert, ICF International; and 
    Christopher Evans, Deputy Manager of Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS) Program, ICF International
    Table commentator: 
    Yoji Ishii, Office for Climate Change, Global Environment Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo, Japan

  • SuRe Sustainability and Resilience Rating and Standard (Tool)
  • Hosted by Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB).
    Table host: 
    Raphael Guldimann, Director,Investor Relations, Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation

  • How "smart" entrepreneurship can help cities to be resilient
  • Hosted by OptiCits Ingenieria Urbana, Barcelona.
    Table host:
    Ignasi Fontanals, CEO, OptiCits Ingenieria Urbana, Barcelona. 

Evening Events

Side Event 19:00-20:00 UCCRN Networking Event

Second look at the Second Assessment Report (ARC3-2) with regional experts and contributing  authors

Session Description

Room: S34-45

Organized in cooperation with The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)