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Urban-LEDS cities’ projects profiled to potential funders

Nine projects, promoted by 6 Urban-LEDS cities, were chosen to be presented to potential funders at the Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Summit 2015, in Basel, 27-28 May. These projects were selected from a group of 150 project proposals submitted. Concurrently, the Transformative Actions Program was presented in a mobilization of efforts towards the global climate negotiations later this year.

The Global Infrastructure Basel Summit is a forum for sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure projects to connect with potential funders. Projects from six Urban-LEDS cities were presented to potential funders by posters (from Bontang (Indonesia); Nelson Mandela Bay and uMhlathuze (S. Africa)) or by participating representatives from the other three cities: Bogor (Indonesia), Fortaleza (Brazil) and Panaji (India).

The Mayor of Bogor, Mr. Bima Arya, for example presented a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system project, which builds on the experience of the city with previous BRT corridors. Mr. Sanjit Rodrigues, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Panaji, presented two projects: an integrated solid waste management system – relying on recycling and composting and 100% coverage of door-to-door separate waste collection, which will enable the city to become landfill free – and a project to implement an energy-efficient street lighting system, which will include LED lighting and an energy management system. Mr. Alexandrino Diógenes, International and Federative Affairs Department of the Fortaleza City Hall, presented three projects: a coastal tram system, recycling attitudes – a program for the exchange of waste for public transport tickets in schools – and a coast 100% fit for bathing.

Ms. Stephany Uy-Tan, the Mayor of the City of Catbalogan, Philippines – an ICLEI member city – presented a project dealing with urban planning and adaptation: the Sky City Mega project.

In a plenary session on climate mitigation, adaptation and sustainable infrastructure, Mr. Rodrigues illustrated the challenges faced by small cities, such as Panaji (100,000 inhabitants, and 250,000 visitors due to tourism): access to finance as there is a lack of scale that could make projects attractive to private finance. “People do not believe that we have achieved 100% coverage of door-to-door waste collection. I invite potential funders to come and visit us, and see for yourself.” Mr. Rodrigues’ inspiring presentation also referred to the challenges in developing the necessary feasibility studies to support project financing and implementation.

In the session “Closing the Financing Gap in Urban Resilient Infrastructure”, Mr. Yunus Arikan, ICLEI’s Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, presented the Transformative Actions Program (TAP). This is a partnership initiative with organizations such as GIB, developed with a view towards and beyond the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris later this year. It builds on, and recognizes, the GIB’s experience developed over the past 5 years, on the financing of sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure. One of the four program pillars is the TAP Project Pipeline which supports 100 selected frontrunner cities and regions by presenting them to potential funders at the annual UNFCCC Conference of Parties every year. Responding to the question on how to close the finance gap, Mr. Arikan replied “This is not a question of technology, it is not a question of finance, it is a question of governance and how we develop our cities.”

To learn more about the projects presented visit the GIB project finder.