DAY BEFORE: May 23, 2017


Arrival of Participants

18:00 – 21:00

Session Coordinator: Bikram Ghosh

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Welcome remarks by Todd Sorenson, Deputy Mission Director, USAID/RDMA
Keynote speech - Niall O'Connor, Asia Centre Director, Stockholm Environment Institute


DAY 1: May 24, 2017

08:00 – 08:30



Welcome and Forum Objectives

Join WebEx: Plenary Session 1

08:30 – 09:00

Session Coordinator: Bikram Ghosh

Welcome Remarks and Forum Objectives

- USAID/RDMA - Aurelia Micko, Acting Director Regional Environment Office, USAID
- ADB  - Norio Saito, Deputy Country Director, Viet Nam Resident Mission
- UNDP - Valerie Cliff, Director, Bangkok Regional Hub, UNDP
- USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific - Bikram Ghosh, Chief of Party

09:00 – 09:15

Ice breaker/High-speed facilitated networking - Chris La Fargue

09:15 – 10:15

Session Coordinator: Dr. Keith Bettinger

Panel Discussion – Setting the Scene: Urban Resilience and Finance in Asia-Pacific

Facilitator: Dr. Keith Bettinger

A facilitated discussion with Q&A from audience and online participants. [ PDF ]


- Understanding Vulnerabilities and Resilience in the Urban Context - Natalie Phaholyothin, Rockefeller Foundation [PDF]

- From Planning to Action – The Urban Resilience Planning and Finance Process - Joseph D’Cruz, UNDP

- Financing Urban Resilience - Sasank Vemuri, Climate Change Specialist, ADB [PDF]

- Impacts of Climate Change on National Planning processes - Dr. Dhana Yantrakovit, Deputy Director-General from the Department of Local Administration of Thailand

10:15 – 10:30

Session Coordinator: Bikram Ghosh

Introducing the Resilience Planning and Project Preparation Process

Facilitator: Bikram Ghosh, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific and Taimur Khilji, UNDP

Demonstration of the Urban Resilience Roadmap. Introducing the “process map wall” as a place to post ideas, share resources, and map where participating cities are in the process

Introduction to Breakout Session 1 – World Cafe

10:30 – 11:00

Group Photo & Morning Tea/Coffee Break

BREAKOUT 1 From Risks and Vulnerabilities to Strategy: World Cafe

Overview: This session will feature discussions with city representatives in the region about the vulnerabilities to climate change in their respective cities and what is being done to address the challenges. Each city will set up an exhibit to present how they are identifying and quantifying the risks, identifying priorities, and initiating actions to address the adverse impacts of climate change. The audience will be divided into groups and each group will circulate around the exhibits spending 15 minutes at each table. The presenters will lead a discussion with each group and solicit feedback and comments. A rapporteur will take note of emerging common themes, innovative ideas, and peer experiences they can learn from. 

11:00 – 12:30

Session Coordinator: Dr. Keith Bettinger/ Taimur Khilji

5 secondary cities to set up tables

- Semarang, Indonesia (Moderator: Ratri Sutarto, ACCCRN)
- Faridpur, Bangladesh (Moderator: Sasank Vemuri, Norio Saito, ADB)
- Hat Yai, Thailand (Moderator: Olga Chepelianskaia, UNDP)
- Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia (Moderator: Joy Bailey, CDIA)
- Surat, India (Moderator: Amit Prothi, 100RC)

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

Introduction to Breakout Session 2

Cities encouraged to post of the “process map wall”


Defining the Urban Resilience Roadmap

Overview: This session will focus on the process of urban resilience planning and project preparation. Three breakout groups will brainstorm on the three phases of the process. Each breakout group will be assigned a facilitator for participants to discuss/report on commenting and improving the process flows and identifying case studies/resources/best practices. The groups will critique the different steps of the planning phase of the process and identify areas of improvement.

13:30 – 15:00

Session Coordinator: Bikram Ghosh

Breakout A - Planning and Budgeting for Urban Resilience

Facilitator: Olga Chepelianskaia

Suggest alternate processes
- Identify good practices
- Identify resources

Breakout B - Operationalizing

Facilitator: Saengroaj Srisawaskraisorn

Suggest alternate processes
- Identify good practices
- Identify resources

Breakout C - Project Preparation and Finance

Facilitator: Sasank Vemuri

Suggest alternate processes
- Identify good practices
- Identify resources

15:00 – 15:15

Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:00

Report-out from Breakout Session 2

Group Rapporteurs – 10 mins each



Panel Discussion: Approaches to Urban Resilience

Join WebEx: Plenary Session 2

Overview: This session will focus on the different approaches to urban resilience in Asia. Panelists will discuss their definition of urban resilience, models, and success stories of urban resilience. The panel will also reflect on the main barriers to successfully implementing urban resilience programs and the key challenges to mobilizing large investments for urban resilience. 
16:00 – 16:15

Presentation by winner of PFAN Challenge: Smart Solutions for Adaptable Communities and Cities

1. GET for Asia [ PDF ] 2. KAMWORKS PAYGO Solutions

16:15 – 17:15

Session Coordinator: Joseph D’Cruz

Moderator and Panel Introductions

John Taylor, UNDP

Potential Panel Members (TBC):

- Fiona Lord, Global Green Growth Institute
- Will Symons, AECOM
- Amit Prothi, 100RC
- Milag San Jose-Ballesteros, C40
- Jeremy Prepscius, BSR
Mohamed Zaqy, E&Y


17:15 – 17:30 Wrap-up and logistics / Recap of Day 1


DAY 2: May 25, 2017

08:30 – 08:45



Case Studies in Urban Resilience: Experiences in Preparing Urban Projects

Overview: This session highlights experiences of diverse organizations in helping to design robust, bankable urban adaptation projects/funding proposals. The moderator then introduces the three breakout groups and table facilitators for participants to discuss/report on the three most important things needed for good project preparation.

Session Coordinator: Olga Chepelianskaia, UNDP

08:45 – 11:00

Session Coordinator: Olga Cheplianskaia
Resource Persons:
John Taylor
Thipparat Noppaladarom

Breakout A – Domestic Sources of Finance - Hat Yai, Thailand

Facilitators: Marcin Szpak, Olga Chepelianskaia

- Presentation of initial project concept
- Group discussion to critique and improve concept
Develop funding plan
- Prepare presentation

Breakout B - International Sources of Finance - Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia

Facilitators: Joy Bailey, Edy Brotoisworo 

- Presentation of initial project concept
- Group discussion to critique and improve concept
Develop funding plan
- Prepare presentation

Breakout C - Private/Blended Sources of Finance - Surat, India

Facilitators: Sasank Vemuri, Amit Prothi

- Presentation of initial project concept
- Group discussion to critique and improve concept
Develop funding plan
- Prepare presentation

11:00 – 11:30

Morning Tea/Coffee Break


The Pitch: Investing in Urban Resilience the Financier’s Perspective

Join WebEx: Plenary Session 3

Overview: Representatives from each of the workgroups from breakout session 3 will make a presentation and the expert panel from different financing sources for urban resilience will critique the presentation. It will be followed by a Q&A about their requirements for financing urban resilience projects.

11:30 – 12:30

Session Coordinator: Bikram Ghosh

Presentations from Breakout Session 3 and Feedback from Panel Members

Each presentation of 10 mins followed by 10 mins of feedback

A. Hat Yai [PDF] B. Kampong Chhnang [PDF] C. Surat [PDF]

Potential Panel Members:

Varih Sovy, ICCTF; Norio Saito, ADB; Rohini Kohli, UNDP;  Dhana Yantrakovit, Thailand’s Municipal Fund (TBC)


12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

Introduction to Breakout Session 4

BREAKOUT 4 Charting the Course Ahead
Overview: This session will focus on the needs of the sector and the way forward. Through group discussions three workgroups will identify the current challenges; relevant stakeholders; and roles and responsibilities for different stakeholder groups- development partners, cities, and governments. 

13:30 – 14:45

Session Coordinator: Dr. Keith Bettinger
Resource Persons:
Dr. Thongchai Roachanakanan
Dr. Quang Nguyen

Breakout A – Group Discussion
Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing

Facilitator: Joy Bailey

Brainstorm on the capacity building needs of  the Urban Resilience community of practice; where the sector needs to focus and who should play what role

Breakout B - Group Discussion
Urban Resilience Planning and Operationalizing

Facilitator: Olga Chepelianskaia 

Brainstorm on how to mainstream Urban Resilience planning into the day-to-day management of cities; what should be the  focus and who should play what role

Breakout C - Group Discussion
Urban Resilience Project Preparation and Financing

Facilitator: Will Symons

Brainstorm on how to prepare high quality resilience projects that can meet the requirements of funding agencies; what should be the focus and who should play what role

14:45 – 15:15

Breakout A – Prepare Presentations

- Current situation and needs
- Mapping stakeholders and opportunities
- Opportunities for collaboration

Breakout B – Prepare Presentations

- Current situation and needs
- Mapping stakeholders and opportunities
- Opportunities for collaboration

Breakout C – Prepare Presentations

- Current situation and needs
- Mapping stakeholders and opportunities
- Opportunities for collaboration

15:15 – 15:30

Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:15

Presentations from Breakout Session 4

Group presentations – 10 min each


The Way Forward: Towards a More Resilient Urban Future

Join WebEx: Plenary Session 4

Overview: This session will be structured as a panel discussion and a facilitated Q&A with the audience to highlight the key takeaways from the forum as well as next steps to keep start an ongoing dialogue and a community of practice in urban resilience. The Moderator will introduce the panel members. Each panel member will make brief introductory remarks followed by a series of questions from the moderator.

16:15 – 16:45

Session Coordinator: Bikram Ghosh

Moderator and Panel Introduction – The Way Forward and Next Steps

Moderator: Bikram Ghosh

Panel Members: Chris La Fargue, USAID/RDMA; Norio Saito, ADB; Joseph D’Cruz UNDP; Amit Prothi, 100RC;

Key Questions:

- How will the resilience process map inform decision making?
- What is the current status of resilience finance in Asia?
- What resources/support is available to cities to address resilience?
- What are the next steps?

16:45 – 17:15

Facilitated Q&A with Audience

17:15 – 17:30

Vote of Thanks - Chris La Fargue, USAID

Post-Forum Evaluation and Wrap-up