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Regional: Establishing a Platform for Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Urban Development

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52304-001 Status: Active

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the establishment of a Platform for Climate Resilient and Low Carbon Urban Development (the Platform) through research and development at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters and in selected partner cities in ADB's developing member countries (DMCs). The Platform aims to establish a collaborative process among key stakeholders at ADB and the DMCs, which will result in the production of a knowledge base on climate-informed urban development.

The TA has four outputs, namely: (i) ADB practice on urban climate resilience and low-carbon planning documented'; (ii) knowledge on governance and institutional support for urban climate resilience and low-carbon development improved'; (iii) knowledge on access to finance, and climate resilience and low-carbon planning improved; and (iv) knowledge sharing and city partnerships enhanced.

Project Details

Project Officer
Frederic Asseline Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Establishing a Platform for Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Urban Development
Project Number 52304-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9748-REG: Establishing a Platform for Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Urban Development
Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the establishment of a Platform for Climate Resilient and Low Carbon Urban Development (the Platform) through research and development at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters and in selected partner cities in ADB's developing member countries (DMCs). The Platform aims to establish a collaborative process among key stakeholders at ADB and the DMCs, which will result in the production of a knowledge base on climate-informed urban development.

The TA has four outputs, namely: (i) ADB practice on urban climate resilience and low-carbon planning documented'; (ii) knowledge on governance and institutional support for urban climate resilience and low-carbon development improved'; (iii) knowledge on access to finance, and climate resilience and low-carbon planning improved; and (iv) knowledge sharing and city partnerships enhanced.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Cities are critical players on climate change. They are home to over 50% of the global population and consume over two-thirds of the world's energy, which accounts for 70% the world's total emission of greenhouse gases. With 90% of the world's urban areas situated on coastlines, cities are experiencing negative climate change impacts such as higher sea levels, more heat waves, intense storms and heavy precipitation and extended drought events. These impacts are heavily affecting the vulnerable population and causing major loss of life, social disruption and economic hardship. For this reason, cities are on the front lines of climate action, and national urban policies must support bold commitments around climate-resilient, low-carbon development pathways.

In order to mobilize the knowledge and finance needed to bring these commitments to traction, policy-makers, the private sector and all classes of investors must work together to pilot, implement, and scale up sustainable urban development and investment models. These commitments must be reflected in progressively more ambitious national climate actions, including those described in DMC NDCs. In particular for the urban sector, implementation guidelines need to be developed that put forward concrete options for integrating sectoral measures in future NDCs. In their current form, NDCs reflect lack of public financial resources, weak financial and institutional systems, and limited knowledge and awareness to support effective climate-resilient and low-carbon urban development.

This rationale is articulated in ADB's CCOF2030, which calls for a _Spotlight on Cities_ in order to develop analytical tools that will assist with (i) the collection of critical information on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and data to support risk indices, energy use and projections for major cities (including city-based industries) across the region; (ii) the establishment of a catalogue of small- and medium-sized cities that are expected to grow rapidly, in order for green growth and climate-smart principles to be promoted from the ground up and with a focus on vulnerable segments, and (iii) the development and implementation of a multisectoral model for sustainable urban development that effectively strengthens climate resilience and supports a transition to a low carbon emissions economy, while meeting urban infrastructure and urban service needs.

These principles are also articulated in the Strategy 2030's operational priority of making cities more livable. The operational priority of making cities more livable seeks to develop integrated solutions to achieve competitive, inclusive, resilient and green cities. Two priorities in the strategy are fully aligned with the principles of the CCOF2030: (i) the focus on resilient cities, providing strategic physical, social and institutional infrastructure which enhances resilience to climate change and disasters, and (ii) the priority on green cities, providing infrastructure which enables resource efficiency and healthy lifestyles.

Against this backdrop, the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group and the Urban Sector Group have developed a joint core rationale for the TA: (i) centralized planning of NDCs does not capture climate risk-informed urban development, and (ii) cities do not prioritize climate-informed, multi-sectoral investments; and as a consequence, DMCs lack capacity to integrate climate-resilient, low-carbon urban development objectives in their NDCs. The TA aims to address this disconnect by fostering adequate low-carbon planning, and devising climate and disaster risk management assessments that result in faster transition to climate-resilient urban development planning in DMCs.

The TA is envisioned as a platform that will allow stronger knowledge exchange with DMC agencies, development partners and the private sector, the initiative is planned to be operational from 2019- 2022. Findings and recommendations for enhanced operations will be proposed for consideration ADB-wide.

Impact

Cities' vulnerability to catastrophic climate events reduced (Climate Change Operational Framework 2017-2030[CCOF2030])

Cities' carbon emissions and air pollution levels decreased (CCOF2030)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome DMCs' capacity to integrate climate-resilient, low-carbon urban development objectives in NDC's improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

ADB practice on urban climate resilience and low-carbon planning documented

Knowledge on governance and institutional support for urban climate resilience and low-carbon development improved

Knowledge on access to finance, climate resilience and low-carbon planning improved

Knowledge-sharing and city partnerships enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will be implemented over 43 months, from May 2019 to December 2022. The TA will engage 20 person-months of international inputs (i.e., climate finance specialists, urban planning and development specialist, climate change economist) in the field of public policy, urban planning, climate finance, economics; and 42 person-months of national inputs (senior project coordination specialists, climate change urban sector specialists, workshop coordinators) in the field of climate change/environmental policy. ADB will engage consultants using individual consultant selection method or framework agreement/s, as necessary; and following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Selected reports will be published as knowledge products in English and the local language, as needed, with limited print copies prepared and disseminated to training and/or workshop participants from DMCs and development partners.
Responsible ADB Officer Frederic Asseline
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDCD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Nov 2018
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 17 Jun 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Jun 2019

TA 9748-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Jun 2019 - 17 Jun 2019 31 Dec 2022 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 17 Jun 2019 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Climate Finance Specialist Individual - Consulting Active 23 Aug 2019 29 Aug 2019
Climate Change Economist Individual - Consulting Active 23 Aug 2019 29 Aug 2019
Urban Planning and Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Active 23 Aug 2019 29 Aug 2019
Climate Change Urban Sector Specialist Individual - Consulting Active 23 Aug 2019 29 Aug 2019
Senior Project Coordination Specialist Individual - Consulting Active 22 Aug 2019 28 Aug 2019

Contracts Awarded

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