The lessons and knowledge emerging from the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) could lead to better and more climate resilient programming, said Shantanu Mitra of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) Asia.
The senior climate and environment adviser was recently in talks with the UCCRTF, following his interview at last year’s Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Manila.
For DFID, this entails more emphasis on softer interventions such as capacity building, early warning systems, and regulatory frameworks, alongside investments in hard infrastructure, he added. Mitra also stressed that community-led approaches are important for delivering resilient investments, saying that more needs to be done to give voice to communities so that they can identify priority investments.
The UCCRTF has been active in establishing methodologies for measuring the impact of resilience at the municipal level. This is work that is vital in order to develop metrics to assess the effectiveness of resilience measures and stimulate investment, said Mitra.
“The challenge of designing resilience investments effectively and making sure they offer value for money, prioritizing where we allocate resources, and reporting on whether we’ve had any success requires the development of better metrics,” he said.
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Will is a climate risk and resilience communications expert working for climate adaptation advisory firm Acclimatise. He is currently working with the UCCRTF for knowledge sharing and communications.
Main photo above: Sandbags protect the coast of Hoi An city in Viet Nam, one of the eight priority countries where UCCRTF is working to build climate resilience (photo by Than Van of Plan International).