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Financing Resilience Forum

Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation hosted the Financing Resilience Forum at Resilient Cities 2016 as part of the GIB Summit Series. Stakeholders from local government, the private sector, international organizations and academia had the opportunity to strengthen partnerships and address the challenges and opportunities surrounding the latest developments in urban resilience.

The forum focused on capacity-building to help local governments access finance for their adaptation plans and initiatives. Identification of investment needs, further design of bankable projects, and the development of attractive project proposals were addressed throughout the forum sessions.

The Resilient Cities 2016 Financing Resilience Forum was also be the platform to follow up the GIB SuRe® Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure and ICLEI Transformative Actions Program (TAP).
On July 7th and 8th the Financing Resilience forum featured the following sessions:

July 7th

  • A Financing Resilience opening panel in which local governments representatives, insures, investors, funding agencies and the private sector introduced the upcoming forum sessions which mainly focused on capacity building for local governments accessing finance for their adaptation plans and initiatives.

  • A panel on Public-Private-Community partnerships for climate compatible development organized by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

  • A panel organized by KfW Development Bank on Economics of Climate Adaptation: Identifying and pricing adaptation measures.

  • The Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation hosted a workshop on Attracting finance through sustainable and resilient project design for Transformative Action Program (TAP) projects using SuRe® Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure.

  • A Financing Resilience Forum sub-plenary reported back on the previous forum sessions and provided an outlook for further discussion

July 8th

  • City Innovation Platforms consultative workshop organized by ClimateWise, Santam, ICLEI Africa, and UNEP.

  • Investing in urban resilience: Making cities and the urban poor more resilient facilitated discussion organized by the World Bank Group.


Other supporting sessions and co-events took place during the Financing Resilience forum:

  • TAP - Transformative Actions Program (July 7th)

  • A presentation on Financing urban resilience with Urban Development and Investment Funds organized by The Ecological Sequestration Trust and Future Earth Ltd. (July 7th)

  • Roundtable discussions (July 6th) on:
    • Facilitating finance for cities: Finding the right mixture hosted by the EUROCLIMA Programme, funded by the European Commission.
    • The role of manufacturing firms in building urban resilience in Southeast Asia hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the University of Cologne.
    • Financing the resilient waterfront hosted by Unitec Auckland.