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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.



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 – 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 – ADB, 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 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 – UCCRTF has recently published a set of three briefing notes that helps to define the concept of urban climate change resilience.



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



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 – The project is called “Building Resilience at Community Level”, organized and implemented by the UCCRTF, Oxfam, and the municipalities of Faridpur and Patuakhali in Bangladesh. The Community Development Centre (CODEC) and Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) serve as local partners.



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



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.


October 2018 – Communities are leading the design and development of resilience plans and projects across five countries with the help of the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF), Oxfam, and partners.



September 2018 – How the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority transformed itself from a nearly bankrupt utility to one of South Asia’s leading public utilities, in part due to experience from other projects that shaped ADB’s Dhaka Water Supply Sector Development Program.



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. 



June 2018 – The country’s largest state combined toilet construction with wide-scale capacity building, behavioral change campaigns, and a three-tiered monitoring process to achieve an open defecation free status in most of its areas.



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 - 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.



March 2018 - Indonesia’s third largest city is increasingly earning a reputation as a smart city. A knowledge partnership between ADB and Singapore ETH Centre is now ensuring it goes beyond the use of information technology—uniting people to become more engaged both online and offline



March 2018 - In Papua New Guinea (PNG), a country of about 600 small islands, transport is one of the top priorities in the pursuit of connectivity and inclusive economic growth.



February 2018 - Every day there is a disaster happening in some part of the world.But a tap and a click could soon reduce statistics.


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



January 2018 – Leveraging on partnerships, the Future Cities technical assistance paved the way for Tbilisi’s ‘project of the century’.



January 2018 – Winter in Ulaanbaatar can be harsh. How can urban planning help the Mongolian capital and other wintry cities to become livable?



December 2017 – Cities overflowing with rural to urban migrants and beleaguered with congestion, aging infrastructure, and other associated social and environmental problems



November 2017 – Mimicking its history, Mandalay is aspiring to build its city anew. Before it was for security reasons, today the motivation is sustainability.


November 2017 – The lack of access to water embeds the poor in a continuing life of poverty. In Madhya Pradesh, this will soon change with an urban services improvement project to be implemented across 64 towns.


October 2017 - The implementation of the Jaipur Metro Rail Project had apprehensions from local citizens for fear that the city's cultural identity would be defaced with the construction infrastructure investments. 


September 2017 - Rapid development of cities does not always go hand to hand with development of public services and critical infrastructure. 


September 2017 - The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. This revolution is led by advancements in digital technologies, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT).


July 2017 - Current transport infrastructure data availability and quality often limit the development of sustainable transport policies, investment strategies and models of future transport needs.



July 2017 - Located in the southeastern portion of Viet Nam, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in the country and considered as its economic hub.



July 2017 - Since April 2015, ADB has been implementing TA-8884-REG: Applying Space-Based Technology and Information and Communication Technology to Strengthen Disaster Resilience.


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



July 2017 - Nghe An is considered the largest province in Viet Nam in terms of land area.



July 2017 - The first twinning partnership established in the country involved the Zheng Zhou Water Supply Corporation and City West Water (CWW) of Melbourne, Australia.



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



July 2017 - Vientiane, home to nearly 800,000 residents (as of 2015), is the capital and the largest city of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

July 2017 – The project supported a countrywide residential program to construct 50,000 homes using local construction contractors over a 5-year period.



July 2017 - Climate change has affected the entire landscape of water and wastewater service provision globally.



July 2017 - Tackling the issue of wastewater management takes various forms and interventions.



July 2017 - Water PNG provides water and sanitation services to Papua New Guinea.


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



July 2017 - Mandalay is the second largest city of Myanmar, with a population of over 1.2 million residents.

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



July 2017 - Kathmandu Valley is Nepal’s economic and political capital, and is the most populous and developed area in the country.


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


July 2017 – The ADB Flood Management in Selected River Basins Project supports the Government of Indonesia's goal to better manage and mitigate flood risks.


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 – Inspired thinking during project preparation led to an innovative solution, incorporating homeless people in managing waste collection and reduction.

July 2017 – The organization saw several transformations in the course of over 7 decades, until it became the Guiyang Beikong Water Group Company.


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

July 2017 – ADB is cofinancing the construction of Song Bung 4, a hydropower plant in the Nam Giang District, Quang Nam Province, in compliance with safeguard requirements and the restoration and improvement of livelihoods of the affected population.


July 2017 - Rapid growth of some cities and relocations of commercial and residential areas have produced important changes to the industrial and urban sectors, not always following sustainability criteria. 


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

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