ICLEI SEAS serves as LEDS technical partner to USAID project

ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) has inked an agreement to serve as one of the technical partners for the Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE), a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and managed by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

The SURGE project aims to foster the development of broad-based, inclusive, and resilient economic growth for a critical mass of emerging secondary cities in the Philippines. Activities under SURGE will focus on three key components:

  • Component 1: Improve local capacity in inclusive and resilient urban development
  • Component 2: Promote low-emission, local economic development strategies
  • Component 3: Expand economic connectivity and access between urban and rural areas

ICLEI SEAS is considered a technical partner for developing low-emission development strategies (LEDS) at the city level. In particular, ICLEI SEAS will be customizing its GreenClimateCities (GCC) methodology outlining how low-emission options can be identified and integrated into urban development policies, plans, and processes. Apart from LEDS-related activities, ICLEI SEAS will also support climate change adaptation activities through the conduct of urban systems analysis following the ICLEI-Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) Process. The ICLEI-ACCCRN Process has been piloted in 15 local governments in the Philippines.

Cities under the SURGE project include Batangas and Puerto Princesa in Luzon; Iloilo and Tagbilaran in Visayas; and Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga in Mindanao. Additional cities will be identified in succeeding years. SURGE is the flagship program of USAID’s Cities Development Initiative (CDI), a crucial component of the broader Partnership for Growth (PFG) between the U.S. and the Philippines which aims to shift the Philippines to a sustained and more inclusive growth trajectory.

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