Climate financing for urban infrastructure

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By 2030, approximately 60 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities, at the same time generating between 60 and 80 percent of global CO2 emissions. Mitigation strategies – especially those focusing on rapidly growing urban areas in developing and emerging economies – can therefore contribute substantially to international climate change mitigation efforts. At the same time, the development and implementation of adaptation measures for densely populated areas are also necessary.

Against this background, adelphi provided support to KfW in setting out the concept for and organising Cities in a Changing Climate – Financing Adaptation and Mitigation in the Urban Context of Developing Countries and Emerging Economies, an international symposium that took place on 13 and 14 November, 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The event was financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and brought together representatives from bilateral and multilateral development organisations, experts from scientific institutions, the private sector and delegates from countries partnered as part of German development cooperation efforts.

Participants were able to exchange practical experiences and scientific findings on financing and implementing low carbon and adaptation strategies in urban areas. adelphi offered its support to KfW in the design, preparation, hosting and follow-up of the symposium and provided an experienced and professional moderator.