ICLEI SEAS shares Philippine ACCCRN experience in Kuala Lumpur

In celebration of this year’s World Town Planning Day, the Malaysian Institute of Planners, together with the Federal Town and Country Planning Department of Peninsular Malaysia, organized the “Making Cities Resilient” conference. The international event was held on 3 November 2015 in JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur and was attended by around 300 participants, composed of planners, policy makers, practitioners, and community leaders from different parts of Malaysia and neighboring Southeast Asian countries.

The conference provided a platform for knowledge exchange among various stakeholders in the region, particularly highlighting the role of planning in urban resilience building and sustainable development. It also served as a venue to launch I-Plan (Integrated Planning System), an online land use planning database system for Peninsular Malaysia, and to award exemplary cities and communities in Malaysia with Sustainable Cities 2014 (MURNInets) and Green Neighborhood Initiatives 2014.

ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS), represented by Ms. Catherine Diomampo, shared how the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is being implemented in 15 local governments to promote urban climate change resilience in the Philippines. Adopting the ICLEI-ACCCRN framework, several tools and methodologies were discussed to demonstrate necessary elements in developing local climate resilience strategies and action plans. The presentation highlighted the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement, vertical and horizontal coordination, inclusive governance, and science/evidence-based decision-making in order to catalyze resilience building initiatives at the local level.

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(From L-R) Ms. Catherine Diomampo, ICLEI SEAS Program Officer; Ms. Jessica Dator-Bercilla, Senior Research Specialist, Christian Aid; Dr. Dahlia Binti Rosly, Director General, Malaysia Federal Dept. of Town and Country Planning; Mr. Rehman Rashid, Malaysian freelance journalist and writer; Mr. Bakti Setiawan, Professor, Gadjah Mada University Dept. of Architecture and Planning; and Mr. Nazri Mohd Noordin, President, Malaysian Institute of Planners.