Urban Resilience Investment Forum 2020

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About the Forum

The Urban Resilience Investment Forum 2020 (Investment Forum) aims to bring together policymakers, private business and financial sectors, international organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the current landscape of support for climate action in cities and the pressing issues in accessing financing solutions and channelling investments to climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. The Covid-19 crisis has provided the opportunity to rethink investments towards supporting green recovery and rebuilding better.

The Investment Forum is envisioned to be a key strategic platform for financing institutions, investors and other progressive climate change leaders both from the national and local governments to participate and dialogue.


Session Format

The virtual Investment Forum 2020 will be composed of three parts, with a total of eight sessions. The forum shall feature a mix of plenary and panel sessions.

The expected duration of each session is one hour and 30 minutes.

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  • Plenary sessions will be dedicated to cover specific topics and themes followed by a Q&A session. A summary of the takeaways from each part will be discussed in a final plenary session, which will be followed by a short closing segment.
  • A panel discussion composed of a moderator and experts, followed by a Q&A session, will be organized to cover the discussion on “Planning and financing urban climate adaptation projects”. A polling app may be used to engage with the audience.
  • A number of ignite sessions/lightning talks by city mayors will provide the space for the speakers to pitch and share ideas and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Part 1 Financing urban resilience in cities

Part 1 will comprise an opening ceremony, to be followed by a plenary presentation and panel discussion that will set the scene for thinking and the actions around financing urban resilience considering the global and national climate goals. The discussion will likewise tackle the importance of green recovery considerations given impacts of the COVID-19 crisis to the country’s economy and the prospects of using urban planning and design in achieving sustainable and resilient cities in the future.

Session 1 Plenary presentation

Making Climate Finance Flow: Opportunities and Challenges in the Philippines


  1. Deputy Speaker Loren B. Legarda, Lone District Representative, Antique and Commissioner, Global Commission Adaptation

It is evident that, while against a backdrop of the pandemic response, our cities need to take stock of the city-level climate investment opportunities at hand. In this session we will uncover the current support landscape relating to local climate-smart solutions investments. Our speaker will present the opportunities and challenges in making finance flow and how national and local authorities together with other stakeholders can bridge the climate finance gap.

Session 2 Panel Discussion

Planning and financing urban climate adaptation projects


  1. Maria Adelaida “Laids” M. Cea, Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator, Cities and Climate Change Initiative, UN-Habitat


  1. Rustico Noli D. Cruz, Vice President, Program Development and Management, Development Bank of the Philippines
  2. Asec. Romell Antonio Cuenca, Deputy Executive Director, Climate Change Commission
  3. Dyfed Aubrey, Inter-Regional Adviser, UN-Habitat Cities Investment Facility (CIF)
  4. Atty. Shereen Gail Yu-Pamintuan, Executive Director, League of Cities of the Philippines
  5. Gene S. David, Assistant Vice President, Program Management Group, Landbank of the Philippines

Given the impact of the COVID-19 crisis to the country’s economy, what are the possible climate adaptation strategies to help us achieve more resilient cities? In this session, we will analyse the available financing mechanisms and instruments and funding sources that cities can utilize, avenues for collaboration, as well as promising and innovative models in order to foster more climate-smart investments.

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Part 2 Matching city-scale solutions with financing and investments

A key element of the Investment Forum is how it will bring together policymakers, private business and financial sectors and other relevant stakeholders to discuss climate resilience and green recovery solutions and, more importantly, ways to finance them. Five city mayors will each have a session to pitch their urban plans and projects on climate resilience and green recovery. This will include an interactive dialogue with investors to explore funding and financial potentials that will support the goals of the plans and projects.

Day 1 - Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 1PM

Session 3

Ormoc’s Urban Waterscape


  1. Richard Gomez, Mayor, Ormoc City Government and City Technical Working Group

The proposed Ormoc Urban Waterscape Project is part of the urban ecosystems-based adaptation strategy of the city to address flooding, urban heat stress and storm surge that endanger fisherfolks, farmers, and urban dwellers. It will adopt natural, nature-based, and engineering design solutions at various scales that integrate the principle of sustainable water resource use. The project scope will include the lower Malbasag River and part of Barangay Can-adieng. Mayor Richard Gomez and the technical working group will explain how the city plans to use urban design solutions to promote climate resilience and at the same time contribute to green economic recovery.

Session 4

Angeles’ Makayamang Abacan Pangulu Project


  1. Carmelo Lazatin, Jr., Mayor, Angeles City Government and City Technical Working Group

Can a public space be re-designed to address the negative impacts of climate change in a landlocked city? Mayor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. and the technical working group will be pitching their ideas for the Angeles Aquipark project situated along the Abacan River. Learn about how they plan to apply nature-based design interventions to help create a cooler microclimate for the local residents and improve groundwater capacity of the city.

Session 5

Cagayan de Oro’s Lunhaw Project


  1. Oscar Moreno, Mayor, Cagayan de Oro City Government and City Technical Working Group

The driving force of Cagayan de Oro’s Project LUNHAW (‘Green’ in Cebuano) is to create an urban-friendly green space by transforming vacant spaces along the city hall riverside and Poblacion area into climate adaptive and innovative recreational areas for various activities (e.g. picnics, biking, jogging, etc.). The project aims to address major climate issues such as flooding and rising urban temperature. Mayor Oscar Moreno and the technical working group will explain how they plan to use LUNHAW project to mitigate flooding, enhance water management, improve microclimate, and generate co-benefits on public health and local economic development.

Day 2 - Thursday, 19 November 2020, 1PM

Session 6

Legazpi’s Climate Resilient Urban Streetscape (CRUS)


  1. Noel Rosal, Mayor, Legazpi City Government and City Technical Working Group

Mayor Noel Rosal and the technical working group will share the vision of a sustainable urban streetscape for its residents. As the communities face the dangers of flooding, sea-level rise and increasing urban temperatures, the CRUS project will transform the city’s design to have more sufficient pedestrian lanes, an improved drainage system and greener pathways. The team will be pitching their urban adaptation strategy and CRUS project to attain a more climate-resilient Legazpi City.

Session 7

Tagum’s Tagumpay Citywalk


  1. Allan Rellon, Mayor, Tagum City Government and City Technical Working Group

Tagum’s “Tagumpay Citywalk” Project is part of the overall climate adaptation strategy and long-term development plan of the city. Guided by urban ecosystems-based approach and strong stakeholder participation, the project integrates several adaptation measures to address the projected impacts of flooding and increasing temperature in the city’s-built area. Mayor Allan Rellon and the technical working group will explain how they plan to protect its most vulnerable residents and businesses by introducing holistic and integrated urban design solutions.

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Part 3 Investing in local climate solutions: Finance and resilience lessons for urban adaptation

With consideration to the future challenges and prospects, speakers from the government, financial institutions, and the donor community and investors will converge in discussing the ways forward. The Investment Forum would conclude with key recommendations on how the country can progress on greening the recovery and advocating for investment support or more financing windows. This also comes with the timely celebration of the National Climate Change Consciousness week 2020.

Session 8  Plenary presentation

Ways Forward, Policy Direction, & Synthesis of Learnings


  1. Atty. Rachel Anne S. Herrera, Commissioner, Climate Change Commission
  2. Gene S. David, Assistant Vice President, Program Management Group, Landbank of the Philippines
  3. EnP. Nora L. Diaz, Director, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development
  4. Lyn I. Javier, Managing Director for Policy and Specialized Supervision, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
  5. James Donovan, Chief Executive Officer, ADEC Innovations
  6. Andy Deacon, Director of Strategy and Operations, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
  7. Christopher Rollo, Country Programme Manager, UN-Habitat Philippines

The closing plenary will consider the next steps, policy direction, and synthesis of learnings from the overall forum. The resource persons will be providing inputs and reactions based on discussions on climate finance and planned city actions on climate and green, sustainable recovery.

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