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Sustainable transport highlighted at ADB's Transport Forum

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At the high level panel, from right: Mr Nihal Somaweera, Secretary of Transport and Civil Aviation in Sri Lanka, Mr Takehiko Nakao, ADB President, Ms Dorji Choden, Minister of Public Works and Human Settlements of Bhutan, Mr Wismana Adi Suryabrata, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure, Ministry of National Development Planning in Indonesia, and Ms Leena Klossner, Vice President and Deputy Managing Director of NDF
Photo: ADB
Ms Leena Klossner, NDF
Photo: NDF
20.09.2016
Several hundred experts and decision-makers from the fields of transport and international development gathered last week in Manila, Philippines, for the biennial Transport Forum arranged by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The theme of this year’s forum was sustainable transport.

As part of its climate change and development mandate, NDF has over a number of years focused on sustainable transport including both mitigation and adaptation-related activities. The NDF-financed projects cover a wide range of activities that relate to green, climate-resilient urban and rural transport.

The Transport Forum provided a good opportunity to highlight NDF’s experiences in enhancing sustainable transport in collaboration with partner countries, and sharing early lessons learned. NDF’s involvement in a pre-forum training on the topic “Demystifying Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Transport” enabled sharing of experiences and a forward-looking discussion on future opportunities relating to the use of NAMAs.

A High Level Plenary also featured ADB President Mr Takehiko Nakao, who highlighted ADB’s vision for a sustainable transport future for Asia and the Pacific, the advantage of combining financing, knowledge and partnerships, and the importance of good project planning and preparation. The plenary also featured Ms Dorji Choden, Minister of Public Works and Human Settlements of Bhutan, Mr Wismana Adi Suryabrata, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure, Ministry of National Development Planning in Indonesia, Mr Nihal Somaweera, Secretary of Transport and Civil Aviation in Sri Lanka, and NDF’s Vice President and Deputy Managing Director Ms Leena Klossner. Ms Klossner emphasised the need for taking climate change into consideration in the endeavour to achieve more resilient infrastructure solutions.

The panel agreed that sustainable transport is an essential ingredient in and enabler of sustainable development and equal opportunities. Transport infrastructure lasts for decades, which means that the decisions that national and local governments make today will have long-lasting impact on how transport contributes to improving people’s lives. Ms Klossner also pointed out that while the concept of sustainable transport has gained significant importance, climate change continues to challenge the sustainability of infrastructure investments. Availability and reliability of climate data, acceleration of project preparation, and ensuring the availability of skilled human resources, are key aspects in achieving sustainable transport solutions.

The plenary attracted an audience of around 500 people from governments, national and international transport sector organisations and authorities, multilateral climate and development finance institutions, the private sector, and other international and national organisations from developed and developing countries.

 

More information
Adaptation Approaches for the Transport Sector [NDF C15]
Integrating Climate Change Adaptation to Transport [NDF C25]
Climate Proofing and Review of Infrastructure Investments [NDF C27]
Addressing the Vulnerability of Infrastructure [NDF C28]
Road Sector Support Program: Developing Adaptive Capacity for Climate Change [NDF C32]
Strengthening Climate Resilience Project - Developing Climate Resilient Infrastructure Standards [NDF C52]
Developing Capacity for a Climate Resilient Road Sector [NDF C59]
Rural Roads Improvement Project II (RRIP II) [NDF C63]
Transport NAMA Support Facility [NDF C66]
NAMA Proposal for the Railway Sector in Bangladesh [NDF C73]
Developing capacity for climate resilient road transport infrastructure [NDF C79]
ADB Project Readiness Improvement Fund [NDF C90]