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July 2019 – Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, but a new threat exists to this already fragile site: flooding. Here are 9 lessons for developing projects that respects cultural heritage and archeology.

Resilience

ADB is helping design climate-resilient infrastructure in cities that includes development of planning and construction standards, identifying low-carbon technology options, and increasing protection of communities and assets through disaster risk management.

 

May 2019 – Initial findings of country studies for Indonesia and the Philippines were presented in two national workshops in Jakarta and Manila, respectively, last March.

 

May 2019 – In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and soil liquefaction disaster in Sulawesi, Indonesia, the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund and the Asian Development Bank quickly responded to the country’s aid to build back better, safer, and more sustainable.

 

May 2019 – The second largest city in Myanmar is striving to improve its cityscape and services for the people. With a grant from the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, Mandalay is on its way. 

 

May 2019 – The City of Makassar in Indonesia will soon see the benefits of nature-based sanitation and drainage as construction of the pilot site for the Revitalization of Informal Settlements and their Environments technical assistance reaches completion in June.  

 

May 2019 – With the help of the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, the popular tourist destination of Siargao is working toward avoiding the environmental degradation that befell Boracay by managing water resources and waste disposal. 

Resilience | Equity | Water  

 

May 2019 – The Asian Development Bank and the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund are helping Marawi City in the Philippines to improve access to water as part of the city’s post-conflict recovery efforts.

 

March 2019 – The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) and Oxfam officially launched the “Building Resilience at Community Level” project through a kick-off workshop in Abbottabad.

 

March 2019 – British Embassy Manila and some public agencies in the Philippines recently led a one-day forum on green finance to help promote funding geared for a sustainable future.  

 

January 2019 – Considered a fragile state and one of the least developed countries in the world, Kiribati will embark on overcoming two of its greatest challenges – water scarcity and climate change –by building the largest desalination facility in the Pacific Islands.

 

December 2018 –The Urban Sector
Group marks a year bolstered by the new ADB Strategy 2030 that includes a key operational priority on livable cities, as well as milestone projects in Nepal and Tajikistan, notable training sessions, and participation in international conferences.

 

December 2018 – Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is the largest city in Viet Nam with over 8 million inhabitants. Globally, it is one of the cities most affected by the early impacts of climate change.

 

December 2018 – The Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) has recently published a set of three briefing notes that helps to define the concept of urban climate change resilience.

 

December 2018 –The Urban Sector
Group marks a year bolstered by the new ADB Strategy 2030 that includes a key operational priority on livable cities, as well as milestone projects in Nepal and Tajikistan, notable training sessions, and participation in international conferences.

 

December 2018 – The Asian Development Bank, through the Central and West Asia Regional Department, Pakistan Resident Mission, and the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund hosted the Resilience Accelerator Workshop in Singapore.

 

December 2018 – The Yangon City Development Committee, Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, and ADB recently organized a Resilience Academy workshop in Yangon, Myanmar. 

 

December 2018 – Members of the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) on 29 October joined the inception workshop for the ADB- and UCCRTF-supported flood forecasting and early warning system project in Hoi An, Viet Nam.

 

December 2018 – Bangladesh is among the most disaster-vulnerable countries in the world, according to the Global Climate Risk Index.

 

October 2018 – The Yangon City Development Committee, Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, and ADB recently organized a Resilience Academy workshop in Yangon, Myanmar. 

 

October 2018 – ADB, supported by the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, provided the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning with a gap analysis on how to raise the quality of spatial planning and how to integrate urban resilience in the country, starting with Metropolitan Palembang.

 

October 2018 – An economic model that provides clear evidence of the benefits of resilience would be a powerful tool for driving investment. Working with the UCCRTF, Matthew Savage is building such a model and applying it to 25 cities across ADB’s developing member countries.

 

October 2018 – Projects supported by the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund were cited as examples of increasing urban resilience among a gathering of international experts at the 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum held in ADB headquarters.  

 

August 2018 – An additional $6 million grant from the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund will widen the scale of urban development interventions under the ADB-financed Coastal Towns project in Bangladesh, lessening the vulnerability of two towns part of the country’s climate vulnerable hotspots. 

 

May 2018 – ADB and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies list the ways national and local governments can implement climate change mitigation projects that also support the development of women.

 

May 2018 - The harsh truth is climate change impacts are not gender neutral. An ADB technical assistance has started reversing this gender blindness through pilot projects that will increase women’s contribution in climate action across three Southeast Asian countries. 

 

April 2018 – The Kolkata local government has been seriously committed to improving its livability, and both ADB and the national government have taken notice.

 

April 2018 - Mitigating climate change impacts and achieving global commitments are only possible when the other half of the population – women and girls – is empowered.

 

February 2018 - Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change.

 

July 2017 - In South Asia, countries have recognized this need to improve sanitation over the last decade.

 

July 2017 - The ADB activity Flood Management in Selected River Basins Project supports the Government of Indonesia (GoI) to better manage and mitigate flood risks.

 

July 2017 - Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country, with floods being the most frequent and severe danger.

 

July 2017 - In recognition that an efficient and safe transport system is vital to secure economic and social development, ADB provides support for infrastructure upgrade and maintenance in Timor-Leste.

July 2017 - Viet Nam is one of the most seriously affected countries worldwide by climate change processes such as sea level rise.

 

July 2017 - The advent of climate change has been a game changer for all.

 

July 2017 - In recent years Tonga experienced higher variability of rainfall causing localised flooding and droughts related to El Niño events.

Urban solutions pathways

ADB's Vision of Livable Cities

Cities contribute to national economic growth, but they can be polluted and overcrowded. Asia’s rapidly developing cities face inadequate basic services, environmental degradation, and increasing poverty. “Livable Cities” is ADB’s vision and approach to urban development. ADB works to support the transformation of developing cities in Asia and the Pacific into safe, sustainable urban centers.

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