December 2020 – Building community resilience to the impacts of climate change is essential in ensuring that vulnerable cities can thrive and survive but involving the community in the process is equally critical.

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December 2020 – Over the past decade, tourism has grown to become a vital economic sector for Viet Nam.



December 2020 – ADB is helping Marawi not just in the essential rehabilitation and recovery work, but also in ensuring that the rebuilding process is carried out with future climate resilience and sustainability in mind.



December 2020 – Nearly one-third of Pakistan’s 210 million citizens live on daily, piece-rate wages. COVID-19 has dealt a severe blow to the economic resilience of those least able to afford it.



December 2020 – More than 4,000 households and about 20,000 residents in Mandalay’s Amarapura township have been hit by flashfloods caused by a river embankment that collapsed on 19 July 2020.



December 2020 – Decisive action on climate change must be at the heart of any resilient recovery from COVID-19, according to the Government of Bangladesh.



December 2020 – Gotong royong is highly respected in Indonesian society, especially by those who live in informal settlements where close kinship relationships are crucial for overcoming obstacles.



August 2020 – ADB’s Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) has delivered patient monitoring and transport vehicles to Marawi City Health Office and Lanao del Sur Integrated Provincial Health Office on 27 February 2020 and 3 April 2020.



August 2020 – ADB’s UCCRTF has begun working on a number of case studies looking at the economic benefits of investment in urban resilience.



August 2020 – According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), 2020 is a year of urgency ambition and action to address the crisis faced by nature, and an opportunity to fully integrate nature-based solutions to global climate action.



August 2020 – Parks, green spaces, and plant-covered hills are an effective defence against storm surges and tsunamis, according to a Stanford University study.



August 2020 – Viet Nam’s marine resources deliver huge benefits to the country’s economy, as well as providing countless ecosystem services to its large coastal zone.



August 2020 – COVID-19 cases have been rapidly increasing in Pakistani cities in recent weeks.



June 2020 – New Clark City (NCC), an upcoming mixed-use township managed by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), is being developed with the vision of becoming a leading example of an environmentally sustainable, smart, and disaster-resilient city.



June 2020 – The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically changed the shape of daily life in cities around the world. The cities in which the UCCRTF operates are no exception.

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June 2020 – In the 2019 Annual Report of the Urban Financing Partership Facility (UFPF), managed by ADB, climate resilience has become more embedded in urban development investments.



June 2020 – As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) persists to spread throughout the world, the poor and vulnerable communities continue bear the brunt of its impact. 



June 2020 – The country may have successfully contained the virus, but it will need an equally decisive response to curb air pollution and improve public health in cities. 

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June 2020 – Singapore turned to urban farming to accelerate local food production as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disrupted global supply chains.



June 2020 –A series of on-the-job training sessions have given local system developers and operators the know-how to effectively use flood forecasting and decision support systems to strengthen resilience in Tam Ky.



March 2020 – After the disappointing COP25 in Madrid last year, there is a need to restore confidence that the intergovernmental process can deliver on mitigation, adaptation, and finance in the next climate summit in Glasgow.



March 2020 – A new guide introducing water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and its benefits was launched on 8 October 2019 in ADB headquarters as part of a weeklong series of events marking World Habitat Day.



March 2020 – In 2018, AD) and UCCRTF launched the Spatial Data Analysis Explorer (SPADE), an interactive cloud-based platform that can host geospatial information.



March 2020 – Increasing community resilience is not an isolated exercise, and so to deepen understanding of climate impacts and improve practices, project members from Pakistan immersed in a firsthand experience of resilience-building in the Philippines. 



March 2020 – A recent paper from ADB outlines the Bank’s experiences in designing, executing and scaling up of interventions that build resilience and demonstrates how lessons from these can help push forward the resilient infrastructure agenda.



December 2019 – ADB hosted a regional inception workshop to kick start the implementation of Technical Assistance (TA) 9608 “Strengthening Knowledge and Actions to Improve Air Quality” on 8-9 October 2019 at its headquarters in Manila, Philippines. 



December 2019 – Hue could become the first city in Viet Nam to apply the legal provision allowing the purchase of insurance to protect public property exposed to high disaster risks.



December 2019 – Four Asian cities supported by the UCCRTF 
severe dengue outbreaks from January to September 2019.  



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. 



June 2019 – A pioneering initiative in Makassar, Indonesia is supporting communities to improve informal settlements through co-designed infrastructure programs. 



June 2019 – A new grant from ADB’s UCCRTF, has been approved to support public–private partnerships (PPP) that build climate resilience in the Philippines. 



June 2019 – In May, 2019, Bangladesh suffered severe damage as Cyclone Fani swept over the country. Fani developed into a super cyclone with wind speeds reaching 250 kilometers per hour.

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June 2019 – The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) recently held its annual Financing Partners Meeting in Manila. 



June 2019 – A pioneering initiative in Makassar, Indonesia is supporting communities to improve informal settlements through co-designed infrastructure programs. 



June 2019 – The Digital Twin Workshop, held on 3 to 4 June in Singapore, was organized to help digitize projects funded by the ADB, expand it's GIS-based Spatial Data Analysis Explorer (SPADE) platform, and explore the future potential of its Sovereign Operation IT platform. 



June 2019 – This year’s program had five thematic sessions—Energy and Liveable Cities; Energy and Water Sustainability; Energy and Rural Poverty Alleviation; Energy and Innovative Finance; and Clean Energy Trends and Directions.



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.



May 2019 – In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and soil liquefaction disaster in Sulawesi, Indonesia, UCCRTF and ADB quickly responded to the country’s aid to build back better, safer, and more sustainable.



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 – The second largest city in Myanmar is striving to improve its cityscape and services for the people. With a grant from the UCCRTF, 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. 



April 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 – In a video, Shantanu Mitra of the Department for International Development (DFID) Asia explains how the UCCRTF can provide the evidence base that can help shape the urban programming of ADB through a kick-off workshop in Abbottabad.



March 2019 – Approved in August 2018, the Second Urban Environmental Management in the Tonle Sap Basin Project strongly benefited from the Project Readiness Improvement Trust Fund by advancing project preparation and implementation.   



March 2019 – The UCCRTF and Oxfam officially launched the “Building Resilience at Community Level” project through a kick-off workshop in Abbottabad.



March 2019 – In 2018, 
the UCCRTF team was in Janiuay, Philippines to undertake baselining that will assess the level of climate resilience in the city.