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GCoM’s Training on Urban Adaptation to Climate Change (Module 1), Iskandar, Malaysia, 19 – 20 March, 2019

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, Module 1 – Urban Adaptation to Climate Change
A Training for Malaysian Cities, Iskandar, Malaysia, 19 – 20 March, 2019

The IUC Asia project in collaboration with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Secretariat of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) ran a three day training in Iskandar Malaysia, an Asian leader in climate action. The was a follow-up of the outreach event that took place at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur in February 2018 and the first of four trainings to be implemented in Malaysia during 2019. A report of the Training has been posted at IUC Asia Website.

Public practitioners from 16 cities from across the Country participated in the Training, on 19 – 20 March.

The training drew national and international expertise from a range of subjects: Common Reporting Framework, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, Identification of Adaptation Action, Mainstreaming of Climate Change Actions in Development Plans, Municipal Resource Management, Green Infrastructures, and Green Financing.

Trainees were introduced to climate change challenges and existing adaptation measures in the Country, by Prof. TPr. Dr. Ho Chin Siong, Low Carbon Asia Research Centre, University of Technology Malaysia (LCARC UTM) and the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), respectively.

Experts from the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and ICLEI introduced “Common Reporting Framework (CRF) for Climate Action Planning”, facilitated exercises on “Risk Assessment and the Identification of Adaptation Actions”, “Risk and Vulnerability Assessment”, and a focus group discussion on GCoM’s CRF. These experts were: from JRC, Valentina Palermo  and Yeray Hernandez; CDP, Alice de Palma, and ICLEI, Gina Karina.

In the interactive sessions, trainees presented their cities’ existing climate change related activities, programs and plan, and reported results of “Exercise on Assessment of Risk, Vulnerability and Identification Adaptation Actions”. Trainees also completed common reporting in either the GCoM’s or the Unified CDP-ICLEI’s reporting platform.

Enrique Rebolledo, a European Commission (EC) expert, spoke of the financing aspect in climate action with presentations on,  “Green Urban Finance”, d “Financial and economic aspects of green – resilient infrastructures and nature-based solutions”, and “Financing tools from the intranational community and private sector”. The green financing situation in the country at the subnational level was explored by TPr. Lee Lih Shyan of Department Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) in his presentation “Municipal resource allocation”. While “Best Practices for Green Infrastructures from Milan” was presented by Alberto Innocenti of  University of Venice, Italy (UVI).

Related to city climate action planning, Mr Chau Loon Wai of LCARC UTM presented an analysis of “Policy, governance and planning implications in Malaysia”. While Laids Mias-Cea spoke on UN Habitat’s experience in “Mainstreaming Climate Change in Development Strategy”.  On the subject related to the present status of adaptation, Dr. Dzul Khaimi bin Khailani of Regional Planning Division, Malaysia, presented “Mainstreaming Urban Planning Measures and Strategies in Development Plans for Disaster Resilience Initiatives”.

Back to back with the Training, the GCoM was also launched in Malaysia, a hallmark of the onset of Malaysian cities’ ambitions and co-operations in their low-carbon, inclusive and resilient development trajectories.

Training Materials Download:

Training Iskandar Day 1

Training Iskandar Day 2

EC-JRC Materials

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