Green Road to Kunming: Planning Environmentally Sustainable Infrastructure — Workshop Series 2022

Events

Green Road to Kunming: Planning Environmentally Sustainable Infrastructure — Workshop Series 2022

28 April 2022 to 23 June 2022


Environmentally sustainable and “green” infrastructure, including those applying nature-based solutions (NbS), are designed to deliver and/or protect a range of ecosystem services--such as water purification, air quality, space for recreation, and climate mitigation and adaptation--while avoiding or minimizing their impact on wildlife. Such infrastructure serves to support a green economy, reduce costs, create job opportunities, and enhance biodiversity. Sustainable infrastructure planning is a successfully tested tool that provides environmental, economic, and social benefits through natural solutions. In many cases, it can reduce dependence on “grey’ infrastructure that can be damaging to the environment and biodiversity, and can be more expensive to build and maintain. Sustainable Infrastructure upholds the G20 Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment endorsed at the G20 Osaka Summit in 2019.

Workshops Series

This series will demonstrate the multiple benefits – financial, economic, social, climate-related – of integrating green measures in infrastructure projects in the sectors of transport, energy, urban development and coastal development. The workshops are non-technical in nature, and designed primarily for government representatives, decision-makers, and stakeholders, in particular those attending the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of Parties (COP15), which will reconvene in Kunming, People’s Republic of China, in the third quarter of 2022. The main objective of the COP 15 Conference is to finalize and adopt the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) which will guide urgent policy action at all levels to transform economic, social, and financial models, in order to stabilize biodiversity loss by 2030; and to allow the recovery of natural ecosystems, with net improvements, by 2050. Infrastructure development will play a fundamental role in achieving GBF targets, considering that Asia needs US$1.7 trillion in infrastructure investment to sustain growth and quality of life in the face of urbanization and climate change.


Session 1: Greening the Transport Sector 

28 April 2022 (Thursday) 12:30-14:30, Philippines (GMT+8)

This workshop will highlight the multiple benefits of adopting nature-based measures in wildlife-friendly linear transport projects.

 

Session 2: Greening the Energy Sector 

19 May 2022 (Thursday)  12:30-14:30, Philippines (GMT+8)

This workshop will showcase the multiple benefits of adopting green solutions in energy project development.

 

Session 3: Coastal Developments 

23 June 2022 (Thursday) 10:30-12:30 Philippines (GMT+8)

Coastal areas in Asia Pacific are among the most vulnerable to climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution caused by ports, coastal infrastructure development, and shipping operations. Infrastructure that makes use of natural solutions -- such as beach dunes, reefs and mangrove management -- can help to contain coastal erosion and flooding, and thereby prevent the loss of land, livelihoods, homes, and wildlife habitats. Innovative instruments, including insurance tools and regional environmental standards, are being proposed to manage risks and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Session 4: Roundtable of Champions

21 July 2022 (Thursday) 12:30-14:30​, Philippines (GMT+8)

Discussion will focus on principal takeaways from the three earlier workshop sessions, with speakers relating these to the situation in their respective countries, and how environmentally sustainable infrastructure planning could link to each country’s contribution to the GBF

 

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
28 Apr 2022 Video [VIDEO] Session 1: Greening the Transport Sector
Webinar recording of Session 1.
28 Apr 2022 Moderator Karma Yangzom, Principal Environment Specialist, Safeguards Review and Environment Thematic Group, Asian Development Bank
28 Apr 2022 Opening Session Introduction: Greening the Transport Sector James Leather, Chief, Transport Sector Group
28 Apr 2022 Workshop 1: Greening Transport Sector Embedding Nature-based Solutions in Transport Corridors
This presentation discussed transport infrastructure can contribute to ecosystem services that are related to water management.
Tony Wong
28 Apr 2022 Workshop 1: Greening Transport Sector Avoidance of Ecological Damage: Cost/Benefit Analysis of Road Projects
This presentation discussed economic approaches and economic tools to look at road development in rural areas.
Kim Bonnie
28 Apr 2022 Workshop 1: Greening Transport Sector Mitigations to Minimize Transport Infrastructure Impacts on Biodiversity
This presentation gave an overview of green infrastructure mitigation options available when avoidance of impacts is not possible.
Norris Dodd
28 Apr 2022 Workshop 1: Greening Transport Sector Modelling Biodiversity Impacts of Development Infrastructures and Identification of Potential Project Alternatives and Offset Areas
This presentation discussed methods for modelingbiodiversity that can help to assess potential impacts and identify options for infrastructure development...
Rebecca Pirzl
28 Apr 2022 Open Discussion
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
19 May 2022 Video [VIDEO] Session 2: Greening the Energy Sector
Webinar recording of Session 2.
19 May 2022 Opening Session Introduction Priyantha Wijayatunga, Chief, Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
19 May 2022 Workshop 2: Greening the Energy Sector The energy transition and renewables: the 1.5°C challenge
This presentation gave an overview of the energy transition and renewables.
Ute Collier
19 May 2022 Workshop 2: Greening the Energy Sector Promoting nature-sensitive renewable energy while protecting migratory species
This presentation gave an overview of the impacts of migratory species and their challenges.
Ivan Ramirez
19 May 2022 Workshop 2: Greening the Energy Sector eSensitivity mapping – Avoiding conflict between birds and renewable energy
This presentation discussed sensitivity mapping and its potential use in emerging markets.
Duncan Lang, Tris Allinson
19 May 2022 Workshop 2: Greening the Energy Sector River Link – benefits of assessing the whole river basin for hydro dams
This presentation discussed the benefits of using functionally-based river basin assessment tools for entering sustainable hydropower.
Alison Joubert, Cate Brown
19 May 2022 Open Discussion
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments [VIDEO] Session 3: Greening Coastal Developments
Webinar recording of Session 3.
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments Welcome Yueyu Zou, Environment Specialist, ADB
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments Opening Remarks Noelle O'brien, Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group concurrently Director, SDCC, ADB
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments Taking the Blue Road: Resilience, Restoration and Regeneration in Coastal Development
This presentation discussed resilience, restoration, and regeneration of coastal development an IORA perspective.
Mat Vanderklift
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments Insurance Tools to Support Nature-Based Solutions
This presentation discussed tools to support nature-based solutions.
Josh Ling
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments Q&A Moderator: Yueyu Zou, Environment Specialist, ADB
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments Tools and Techniques to Detect Illegal Wildlife Trade in Ports and Airports
This presentation discussed tools and techniques to knowthe illegal wildlife trade in ports and airports.
Cecilia Fischer
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments Green Port Standards – A Regional Approach
This presentation gave an overview of green port standards in Southeast ASia.
Russell Stevens
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments Q&A Moderator: Yueyu Zou, Environment Specialist, ADB
23 Jun 2022 Workshop 3: Greening Coastal Developments Closing remarks

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