NDF - Financing for climate change and development projects

Support to climate resilient cities in the Mekong Region

23.02.2012

NDF has approved grant financing to support urban adaptation in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

NDF will in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) finance a project to assist cities in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) to develop tools and processes that will enhance their ability to adapt to climate change in an efficient and equitable manner.

Extremely rapid urbanization is taking place in Southeast Asia, with cities in the region expanding at rates five times faster than those in the OECD countries. The Asia and Pacific region is very vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change as its large population is directly dependent on natural resources. The increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events (such as floods, droughts and tropical storms), rising sea levels, and threats to infrastructure and population centers could seriously challenge economic growth across the region. Urban growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in the next few decades will primarily be in small and medium cities and peri-urban areas along existing and new growth corridors that connect cities across the region.

Climate change presents an added layer of complexity to the development process which is already complicated by virtue of the rapidity of urban growth and the intersectoral and inter-agency issues that arise there from. The poor are particularly at risk; their tenuous access to adaptation technologies and institutional support make them particularly vulnerable as climate change impacts their livelihoods. The combination of an explosive rate of urban growth and rapid changes in environmental conditions brought about by climate change requires an informed and systematic strategy to respond to the new challenges to efficient and equitable development that are faced.

The project will consist of the following three components:

  • (1) Development of a Handbook for Resilient Cities in the GMS
  • (2) Policy dialogue
  • (3) Capacity Development

The handbook preparation and policy dialogue will be used to enhance institutional capacity for efficient and equitable climate resilience actions at the city level. A range of possible interventions will be considered including investment strategies, institutional reform, regulations, and financial incentives, with inter-governmental fiscal and other relationships being of particular concern.

ADB will employ consultancy firms and/or individual consultants to carry out the activities of the project and ADB procurement rules will be followed in the procurement of consulting services.

More information
Mekong Regional: Adapting Cities to Climate Change