Categories: Fiji Pavilion Events
Location: Fiji Pavilion (Bonn Zone)
Event Notes: The urban population in Asia-Pacific is strongly affected by the impacts of climate change. Climate-change related disasters and the rising sea level pose a particular threat to small island developing states like Fiji and low-lying countries like Bangladesh. Local coalitions have been acting successfully to increase urban resilience and to manage disasters at community scale. Their bottom-up approaches can be quick, efficient, and uniquely adapted to local needs. These approaches present a way forward and need to be scaled up. But action that is rooted in the local context cannot simply be replicated. Scaling them up requires broader action, funds and government leadership. What level should international development partners focus on? What do local partners need? In the first part of the event successful examples for bottom-up initiatives for urban resilience from Asian cities particularly vulnerable to climate change will be presented. In the second part, the role for regional initiatives in strengthening local partners and building their capacity though cooperation is going to be discussed. Civil society networks like the Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA) have spread knowledge and experience on local implementation of bottom-up approaches. The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) unites think tanks and practitioners. The Cities Development Initiative for Asia narrows the planning-implementation gap by preparing sustainable urban infrastructure projects and linking them to finance. Speakers from a variety of backgrounds, such as think tanks, local government representatives and development organisations will discuss how local resilience can be built, and which enabling conditions this requires.