Diverse Views on the Green Cities Initiative

Video | 14 May 2014

Delegates to ADB's Green Cities conference share their views on how they make their cities green, the challenges that they face in implementing green initiatives and how ADB can work with them in carrying the green cities vision forward.

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Title: Diverse Views on the Green Cities Initiative

Description: Delegates to ADB's Green Cities conference share their views on how they make their cities green, the challenges that they face in implementing green initiatives and how ADB can work with them in carrying the green cities vision forward.

Making Cities Green

Raymond Louie
Councilor of Vancouver
Chairman, Green Municipal Fund Council

In the city of Vancouver, what we’ve created is our Green City Action Plan, which includes a number of priorities and action plans that helps us move along the path to the world’s sustainability. As a result of that, people, when we started this process, they asked whether or not this was just another plan, can we as a city become the greenest city in the world. People are not asking that question anymore, we’ve won a number of awards worldwide in regards to our efforts. And people in fact now, instead of asking can we become this, they ask what can we do to help us continue on this path.

Riyanti Djalante
Head of Disaster Management Department
Kendari City, Indonesia

In Kendari city we have a vision of creating Kendari city that is green, smart, and religious by 2020. We have to make sure that we have certain percentage of green areas, or open space areas in the city. We have implemented solid waste management that is environmentally friendly.

Challenges in Making Cities and Countries Liveable

Amitha Ranawake
Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils
Sri Lanka

The main challenges now: keep the city clean, because our people have habits we want to change, mindset of people, because the discipline is very much important to keep the city clean.

Riyanti Djalante
Head of Disaster Management Department
Kendari City, Indonesia

The other challenge is getting a cultural shift between the community. So, getting a habit of not throwing rubbish everywhere, and then separating the rubbish. Small things but can make a difference.

Raymond Louie
Councilor of Vancouver
Chairman, Green Municipal Fund Council

The main challenge that we have is the inertia. People do not understand the urgency that we must take action in order to solve this problem that we’re facing. That in fact the migration of people into our city and the continuous reliance on fossil fuels is creating a situation where future generations will not have the quality of life that we currently have.

Aye Aye Myint
Director, Planning Department
Ministry of Construction, Myanmar

The challenges are huge in Myanmar, cause we have very poor infrastructure conditions. And also we have lack of capacities and enhancement for the new coming green cities development.

Working in Partnership with ADB

Riyanti Djalante
Head of Disaster Management Department
Kendari City, Indonesia

There are several ways they can be involve. For example, activities like this, technical assistance activities by which we were facilitated by ADB, in terms of development our green cities plan and helping us connect with other cities.

Amitha Ranawake
Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils
Sri Lanka

We work with ADB different ways. We have one main project with the ADB, we call, Local Government Enhance Project, under that project we have already selected 108 cities in order to improve their infrastructure facilities.

Emani Kumar
Deputy Secretary General and Executive Director
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives – South Asia

We are in a city association all over the world with 1100 cities and nearly 200 cities in Asia itself. So, we are looking for partnership with ADB, working on the resilience or working on the transportation, technical know how of city to city exchange and best practices.

Aye Aye Myint
Director, Planning Department
Ministry of Construction, Myanmar

ADB is now giving assistance, technical assistance on one project like JFBR Program for poor community infrastructure improvement in Yandon and Mandalay cities. In that case we would have the project improve the area of major cities.

Raymond Louie
Councilor of Vancouver
Chairman, Green Municipal Fund Council

The reason why I’m here is because this is part of the give of what we think is important as a city standpoint to share the wealth, to share the understanding, and the common goal and that is to make our world more sustainable. And we call that type give back into our wider community both at a local level, nationally and internationally. I think the world would suffer as a result of that.