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CM Dean attends global forum on urban resilience

Manila, Philippines - Delegates from Cagayan de Oro and Iloilo City joined more than 300 leaders and experts from around the globe to participate in the 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation on May 4-7, 2017 in Bonn, Germany.

Organized by ICLEI, the forum focused on urban resilience and adaptation to climate change challenges through sessions on localizing global frameworks, disaster risk reduction planning and policy, financing resilience, risk transfer and insurance, and mechanisms for measuring, reporting and accelerating action for resilience building, among others.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Mary AnnGumban, Dean of the College of Management of theUniversity of the Philippines Visayas,represented Iloilo City, while Eileen San Juan,Local Economic and Investments Promotion Officer of the Cagayan de Oro City Government, and Atty. DionelAlbina, Director of Innovation and Technology Solutions of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines,will represent Cagayan de Oro City. The delegates were fully-funded by the UNEP for this trip.

The forum is part of the Resilient Cities congress series. It was first launched in 2010 in Bonn with the goal of forging partnerships between local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to pursue solutions for adaptation challenges in urban environments.

The delegates also joineda pre-conference training on the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC)frameworkin conjunction with the Resilient Cities 2017 on May 3, 2017 in Bonn. The EPIC framework, previously known as the “Oregon Model”, was pioneered by the University of Oregon in the United States in 2009. The framework is known for its scalability and replicability across cities and universities,by matching city needs with university capacity—overcoming the gap between knowledge and practice—to come up with innovative solutions to local quality of life issues.

The city-university delegates were expected to replicate the EPIC model in their cities with the urban development learning centers that will be set by USAID through its Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project. The knowledge hubs are envisioned to foster urban development, climate-resilient land use and infrastructure planning, and sustainable water and sanitation services. (Source: Manila Standard)

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