RC2015
Resilient Cities 2015

Resilient Cities Program Wednesday, 10 June

9:00 - 10:30 Parallel Theme Sessions F

F1 PANEL: MCUR: Harnessing Global Capital and Expertise for Local Resilience

Session Description

Facilitator: Patricia Holly Purcell, Senior Advisor, UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya

 Panelists:

Summary
This session provided an overview of the Medellin Collaboration on Urban Resilience (MCUR) and the objectives and progress of the MCUR including key outputs, namely tools and methodologies members are developing and piloting to build resilience in cities. A new partnership with Cities Alliance was announced during this panel discussion. 


Organized in cooperation with the Medellin Collaboration on Urban Resilience (MCUR)

F2 PRESENTATIONS: Solutions for Addressing the Urban Heat Island Effect

Session Description

Facilitator: Michael R. Boswell, Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA

Presenters:

  • Ingrid Coninx, Senior Scientist, Alterra - WUR, Wageningen, Netherlands; and Filip Lefebre, Urban Environment Business Developer, VITO, Boeretang, Belgium
  • Tackling the Urban Heat Island Effect

F3 PRESENTATIONS: Urban Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Tools and Approaches

Session Description

Facilitator: Nico Tillie, Vice President, World Council on City Data; Researcher/Lecturer, Delft University of Technology; Landscape Architect, City of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Presenters:

  • Tarryn Quayle, Integrated Urban Water Management Professional Officer, ICLEI Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sustainable Urban Resilient Water for Africa: Developing local climate solutions

Summary

The session opened with an introduction to a city resilience assessment model based on 130 indicators on disaster and risk exposure that has been applied in Japanese cities. Focusing on water and sanitation-related risks, the Sustainable Urban Resilient Water for Africa assessment tool was presented. The tool has been piloted in six African cities and relies on a combination of technical and participatory methods. The third presentation went a step further with a framework for resilience monitoring and evaluation that was tested in La Paz, Mexico using an integrated, spatial and temporal assessment methodology.

F4 OPENING PANEL Urban Food Forum: Innovative Practices, Strategies and Policies in Resilient Urban Food Systems

Session Description

Facilitator: Marielle Dubbeling, Director, RUAF Foundation, Leusden, Netherlands 

Panelists:

Input:

Summary

The urban food forum opened by highlighting innovative practices, strategies and policies from cities from Europe and the Global South in the field of urban food systems. Panelists responded to questions such as: "Why cities need to be engaged in urban food system policy and planning", "what are key issues involved in urban food planning?"and "what initiatives can they develop?" Local experiences, international initiatives and new information sources will be presented and shared.

Organized in cooperation with RUAF, supported by the SUPURBFOOD Program

11:00 - 12:30 Parallel Theme Sessions G

G1 PANEL "TALK SHOW" FORMAT: Establishing an Urban Resilience Research Agenda

Session Description

Facilitators: Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Climate Impacts Group, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Co-Director, Urban Climate Change Research Network, Columbia University, New York, USA

Panelists:

  • Richard Friend, Senior Scientist, Institute of Social and Environmental Transition (ISET), Bangkok, Thailand 
  • Cassidy Johnson, Senior Lecturer, University College London, London, UK
  • Anna Sjödin, Technical Services and Property Management Department, City of Karlstad, Sweden
  • Aditya V. Bahadur, Head of Climate and Environment Programme, Overseas Development Institute, London, UK

Summary

This session followed the highly interactive ‘talk show’ approach by gathering insights from panelists on the topic of bridging research, practice and policy making.  The aim of the session was to lead to the consolidation of key future directions of research on urban resilience.

Organized in cooperation with Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)/Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

G2 CITY IN FOCUS: Extended Session: Planning for Resilience during Post-Disaster Recovery

Session Description

Facilitator:Jamie Torres Springer, Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc., New York, USA

Lessons from the Sandy-Impacted Region: New York City Workshop (Part I)

Lessons from the Sandy-Impacted Region: New York City Workshop (Part II)

Summary

This session explored local and state government recovery strategies and incorporated resiliency planning after Superstorm Sandy in New York State, as well as federal efforts to promote innovations in local resiliency preparedness with a foundation's encouragement. The session discussed the New York City, New York State, and federal resilience initiatives and compare objectives, strategies, tools, funding, stakeholders, community engagement, and lessons learned. The session also highlighted the necessity of measuring economic implications of disaster recovery initiatives and implementation efforts. 

G3 PANEL: When Cities and Companies collaborate for Urban Resilience

Session Description

Facilitators: Katharina Schaaff, Advisor, Global Initative on Disaster Risk Management, Eschborn, Germany
The Global Initative on Disaster Risk Management

Keynote:

Setsuko Saya, Head of Regional Policy, Sustainable Development Division, OECD, Paris, France


Panelists: 

  • Tantikom Supachai, Advisor to the Governor of Bangkok, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thailand
    Bangkok City: Perspectives & Goals
  • Fleur Rüter, Dräger Academy, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Lübeck, Germany
  • Evaydée Pèrez Sarraff, Climate Change Center Director, Dominican Institute of Integral Development (IDDI), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Input: 

  • Olga Horn, Assistant, City-Business Cooperation, ICLEI World Secretariat

Summary

This session explored the nexus of private companies’ engagement, city governments/administrations and international cooperation actors in their work toward enhancing urban resilience. Urban resilience is a topic of interest for cities, whose future competitiveness depends in part on their resilience toward external shocks, for the international community aiming to reduce humanitarian and economic losses of large-scale events. However, private companies are also interested in two ways: a) working in urban areas themselves, they rely on the continued functionality of urban infrastructures and b) as providers of specialized technology or infrastructure; they hope to support urban resilience efforts. In this sense, the session shed light on the success factors, the challenges, and breaking points of partnerships between private companies and cities in the context of urban resilience.

Organized in cooperation with GIZ GmbH

G4 PANEL Urban Food Forum: Planning Resilient Food Systems at Urban and Metropolitan Scale

Session Description

Facilitators: Carmen Vogt, Head of Sector Programme “Sustainable Development of Metropolitan Regions”, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany


Panelists:

Summary

This session presented practical experiences, case studies and tools on how urban/peri-urban agriculture can be strategically used to contribute to the resilience strategy of a city or metropolitan region.

Organized in cooperation with GIZ GmbH

14:00 - 15:30 Parallel Theme Sessions H

H1 PANEL: Innovative Resilience Planning in Africa's Growing Cities

Session Description

Facilitator: Simon Ratcliffe, Energy Advisor, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID)


Panelists:

  • Yitbarek Mengiste, Head of the Minister's Advisory Office, Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Construction, Goverment of Ethiopia
  • Kedir Shurea, Head of Policy and Program Bureau, Ministry of Urban Development, Housing & Construction, Government of Ethiopia
  • Chakil Aboobacar, Advisor to the Mayor, Municipality of Nacala-Porto, Mozambique
  • Samuel Mabala, Country Team Leader, Uganda Office, Cities Alliance

Summary

This session convened city officials from fast growing African cities who are on the front lines of multiple climate risks, acute shocks and chronic socio-economic stresses. Through an integrated approach which catalyzes community, city and national government actions, participants had the first hand opportunity to engage with city officials on the latest thinking on how developing cities can become more resilient and equitable in a globalized world.

Organized by Cities Alliance

H2 Training: Advancing Adaptation: Testing of a compendium of adaptation options

Session Description

Facilitators:

Summary

This workshop showcased a compendium of adaptation options and provided participants with the opportunity to pilot this interactive tool. The tool served two functions: a) as a portal of information to help increase knowledge on identified adaptation options; and b) as a platform for synthesized and assessed information on the adaptation options included.

Organized in cooperation with ICLEI Canada and the University of Waterloo, Canada

H3 PRESENTATIONS: Beyond Adaptation: The Reality of the Loss and Damage Climate Debate for Cities

Session Description

Facilitator: Rafael Tuts, Coordinator, Urban Planning and Design Branch, UN-Habitat

Presenters:

Floor interventions: 

  • Susanne Torriente, Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
    Topic: How Loss and Damage in Fort Lauderdale were perceived as opportunity to build back better with the direct input and involvement of the local community
  • Inge Leuverink, DRR & Disaster Response Expert, Cordaid, The Hague, Netherlands

H4 PANEL Urban Food Forum: Role of SMEs in Urban Food System Development

Session Description

Facilitator: Jan Willem Van Der Schans, Researcher, Agricultural Economics Institute Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Panelists: 

Summary

The session featured innovative SMEs working in the field of city region food systems from the cities of Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Riga (Latvia), Vigo (Spain) and Bristol (UK).

Organized in cooperation with GIZ and RUAF Foundation, supported by the SUPERBFOOD

16:00 - 18:00 Summary and Outlook Plenary

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Session Description

Chair: David Cadman, President 2006-2015, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Congress Summary

Presentation of key messages and outcomes from Resilient Cities 2015 with reports from the Finance Forum and Urban Food Forum by local government representatives and congress participants.

  • Nico Tillie, Landscape Architect, City of Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Resilient Cities Program Committee member
  • Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI; Regional Director, ICLEI South Asia, New Delhi, India
    Congress Summary presentation
  • Matthew Kempthorne, Chairperson, Energy and CC Committee City of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Katharina Schneider-Roos, Deputy Executive Director, Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (GIB), Basel, Switzerland

Moment for audience reflection

Outlook for 2015 - 2016

Special messages analyzing the outlook for 2015-16 and how cities, national governments, and international organizations can advance urban resilience efforts through local action and international advocacy. The addresses looked toward upcoming discussions at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris and the developing agenda for Habitat III in 2016.

Announcements 

  • Supachai Tantikom, Advisor to the Governor of Bangkok, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thailand
  • Zainal Bin Hussin, Mayor, City of Melaka, Malaysia
  • Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI; Regional Director, ICLEI South Asia, New Delhi, India

Closing remarks

David Cadman, President 2006-2015, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability