RCAP2015

About Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific

Resilient Cities is the annual global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation. It is convened by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted by the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn and was launched in 2010 with the goal of forging partnerships and dialogues that matter. The success of the series ‘Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation’ that attracts hundreds of participants to Bonn, Germany, every year since 2010 is a clear indication of how pressing the issue of adaptation and resilience is perceived among local governments worldwide.  

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - Resilient Cities Asia Pacific Congress (RCAP) is a response to heightened demand from the Asia Pacific Region, which encouraged ICLEI to expand the congress series to include Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific, bringing the event and the focus to the Asia-Pacific region, catering to the situation, challenges and opportunities of local governments specifically in this region. Current changes in climate, combined with rapid and often unplanned urbanisation, make Asia one of the regions of the world most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Increasing temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, intensification of extreme weather events and rising sea levels are already a reality in the region. At the same time, increasing population and spreading of human settlements in low lying, flood prone coastal areas magnify the risks coming from climate change related disasters, thus increasing the vulnerability of people, especially the urban poor, who live in hazardous areas.

Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific aims to provide an Asian platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation where partnerships are forged and concrete dialogues are happening, with the ultimate goal of identifying solutions and creating lasting impacts for cities in the region.

Conference objectives 

The proposed objectives of the conference are: 

  • To share and learn about good urban resilience practices
  • To show-case innovative ideas, solutions and initiatives 
  • To provide local governments with exposure and access to tools and processes that help mainstream resilience considerations into policy and practice
  • To provide a networking platform to promote concerted and coordinated action in Asia among the main players in the field of urban resilience
  • To explore tangible opportunities for creating partnerships between local governments and the private sector
  • To bring together funders and cities and facilitate the match-making between available financial resources and current cities’ needs

Benefits of participation

The event will be a great opportunity to:

  • Connect with local decision makers from all over Asia Pacific
  • Demonstrate your leadership and expertise in innovative urban strategies and interact with authoritative experts and the audience to build bridges across the public and private sectors and fields of expertise
  • Discover new business opportunities and chances for collaboration, and develop new partnerships at the congress venue, an ideal location that fosters networking opportunities.
  • Learn about groundbreaking topics on how to match your services to key knowledge and technical gaps in cities and gain practical knowledge from live case studies
  • Join the Resilient Cities community and be part of the largest global partnership on urban resilience and climate change adaptation

Who will be attending? 

  • Mayors, Vice Mayors, Deputy Mayors
  • Councillors, Commissioners and Governors
  • Chiefs of Sustainability/Environment/Climate Change Units
  • Heads of Policy Development
  • Directors of Urban Planning and Development
  • Disaster Risk and Emergency Managers
  • Directors of Resource and Environmental Development
  • Water and Sanitation Specialists
  • Global Climate Change and Adaptation Experts
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Senior Technical Advisors
  • Consultants
  • Civil Engineers
  • Senior Finance Analysts
  • Infrastructure and Utilities Managers
  • Professors and Academics
  • Private Sector Solutions Providers
  • Development Bank and Financial Institution representatives
  • International Organization representatives
  • Non-governmental Organization practitioners
  • Municipal Associations and Network representatives
  • University Students and Researchers
  • Think Tank Analysts and Private Sector Researchers

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