The coordinator of the Subnational initiative of iCS participates in an event in India that aims to strengthen the global dialogue about infrastructure that is resistant to climate disasters

The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure brought together governments, organizations, institutions, the media and infrastructure stakeholders to create an action plan that can mobilize public and private investments in disaster resilient infrastructure. The main idea of ​​the conference is to be a platform for stakeholders and influencers to discuss and explore challenges to expand the financing and to promote the resilience of the infrastructure in the light of the climate emergency.

Held in New Delhi, India, the event was attended by the Institute for Climate and Society, a partner of CDRI. Walter De Simoni, a leading expert on climate governance and subnational and economic instruments, presented the panel “Scaling Up Adaptation Finance for Climate Resilience” on April 25.

“The main message that came out from the conference was that we cannot spend one more real on infrastructure without taking the issue of climate resilience into consideration. Everything that is invested from now on has to pass through this filter and analysis. We can no longer build, especially with public money, a public infrastructure, such as ‘Minha Casa, Minha Vida,’ without understanding whether we will be putting someone’s life at risk, and without understanding how long it will remain standing, and why we need to make investments that are long-lasting. This is why we need to look at the impacts that climate change will have in these regions and what the possibilities are of technologies and different choices that can be made in this investment that would mitigate these impacts,” said Walter.

Currently, most Brazilian capitals do not have municipal plans for climate change. Since the end of April, Rio Grande do Sul has faced the largest environmental disaster in its history. This is not an isolated event in the country, and it provides evidence that all cities will need to be rethought from this point onwards.

“It is fundamental that Brazil starts planning and that there is cooperation between all the federative entities so that we can organize a partnership to deal with the challenges of this size, thinking regionally about which solutions are the most applicable in each place. Each place will have impacts that are totally different from each other, in terms of droughts, floods, increases in temperature, and building a repertoire of solutions,” he added.

Walter De Simoni, a leading expert on climate governance and subnational and economic instruments, presented the panel “Scaling Up Adaptation Finance for Climate Resilience.” Photo: ICDRI/Online

The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure was held in New Delhi, India. Photo: CDRI/ Website

ICDRI aims to strengthen the global dialogue about disaster and climate resistant infrastructure. Photo: ICDRI/LinkedIn

The event involved 14 sessions and 6 round tables between April 23 and 25. Photo: ICDRI/ LinkedIn

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