Sustainable cities forum recognises the certainty of climate Change
A meeting of global experts in disaster rehabilitation is now underway in Manila, and on top of their agenda is how to build cities that will withstand climate change.
The 2nd Annual Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) Forum, now running on its second day, puts together leaders in disaster recovery efforts. Their aim is to look at best practices in building cities that will survive climate change and extreme weather.
Presidential Assistant for Recovery and Rehabilitation Panfilo Lacson is one of the speakers in the forum. Joining him are former Christchurch New Zealand Mayor Robert Parker and the Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight in Indonesia Kuntoro Mangkusubroto.
Christchurch was hit by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2010 while Indonesia was hit by a tsunami in 2004.
PCSI Forum conveners Asia Society Philippine Foundation and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philippines said that preparing for climate change is urgent since cities are now facing a climate-defined future. ULI added that the forum was relevant now more than ever in the wake of typhoon Yolanda.
ULI Philippines Chair Carlos Rufino commented ‘We are confident the PCSI Forum will serve as a platform for key leaders to share valuable experiences and practical solutions to help each other become more prepared and plan together sustainable and resilient communities for the next generations.’
The PCSI Forum will serve as a staging point for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation’s (Apec) ‘Livable and Resilient Cities Competition’ supported by the World Wildlife Fund and USAID.