Workshop & Training

Green Road to Kunming: Planning Environmentally Sustainable Infrastructure Workshop Series 2022

28 Apr 2022 - 21 Jul 2022 Online

Environmentally sustainable and “green” infrastructure, including those applying nature-based solutions (NbS), are designed to deliver and/or protect a range of ecosystem services—such as water purification, air quality, space for recreation, and climate mitigation and adaptation—while avoiding or minimizing their impact on wildlife. Such infrastructure serves to support a green economy, reduce costs, create job opportunities, and enhance biodiversity. Sustainable infrastructure planning is a successfully tested tool that provides environmental, economic, and social benefits through natural solutions. In many cases, it can reduce dependence on “grey’ infrastructure that can be damaging to the environment and biodiversity, and can be more expensive to build and maintain. Sustainable Infrastructure upholds the G20 Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment endorsed at the G20 Osaka Summit in 2019.

This series will demonstrate the multiple benefits—financial, economic, social, climate–related—of integrating green measures in infrastructure projects in the sectors of transport, energy, urban development and coastal development. The workshops are non-technical in nature, and designed primarily for government representatives, decision-makers, and stakeholders, in particular those attending the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of Parties (COP15), which will reconvene in Kunming, the PRC, in the third quarter of 2022. The main objective of the COP 15 Conference is to finalize and adopt the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) which will guide urgent policy action at all levels to transform economic, social, and financial models, in order to stabilize biodiversity loss by 2030; and to allow the recovery of natural ecosystems, with net improvements, by 2050. Infrastructure development will play a fundamental role in achieving GBF targets, considering that Asia needs US$1.7 trillion in infrastructure investment to sustain growth and quality of life in the face of urbanization and climate change.

10:00 – 10:20Opening Ceremony

Moderator: Ms. Li Linyi, Deputy Director of International Exchange Division, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC).

Welcome Remarks:
Ms. Li Xin, Deputy Director-General of IPRCC.
10:20 – 12:00Country Presentation I

Moderator: Ms. Li Linyi, Deputy Director of International Exchange Division of IPRCC.

Commentator: Dr. Zhang Chuanhong, Associate Professor of China Agricultural University.

Speakers (20 minutes each):

1. Diversification of Income for Poor Farmers.
Mr. Horn Kimhong, Program Coordinator, Dan Church Aid, Cambodia.

2. PRC Aided Pilot Project of Poverty Reduction Cooperation in Myanmar.
Mr. Win Kyaw Myo, Director, Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Cooperatives and Rural Development, Myanmar.

3. Mr. Htun Htun Oo, Second Secretary, Embassy of Myanmar.

4. Exploration and Experience: Rural Revitalization in the PRC.
Dr. Xu Jin, Associate Professor, China Agricultural University.

12:00 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 16:00Country Presentation II

Moderator: Ms. Maha Ahmed, Deputy Country Director, World Food Programme.

Speakers (20 minutes each):

1. Singapore’s Approach to Social Assistance and Community Development.
Ms. Lau Amanda, Manager, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore.

2. Tourist Attraction/Learning Community, Baan Nam Sap Learning Center.
Mrs. Suttapak Panpapai, Foreign Relations Officer, Professional Level, ASEAN Unit, Office of Permanent Secretariat, Ministry of Interior, Thailand.

3. D-Hope Project Thailand.
Mrs. Nicha Premchan, Foreign Relation Officer, Professional Level, Department of Community Development, Thailand.

4. Case Introduction and Video Presentation of Hesilu Village in Zhejiang Province.
Mr. He Yunhui, Party Secretary of Hesilu Village, Zhejiang Province, the PRC.
16:00 – 16:20 Closing Ceremony

Closing Remarks:
Mr. Miguel Musngi, Senior Officer, Poverty Eradication and Gender Division of the ASEAN Secretariat.

ModeratorKarma Yangzom, Principal Environment Specialist, Safeguards Review and Environment Thematic Group, Asian Development Bank
Introduction: Greening the Transport SectorJames Leather, Chief, Transport Sector Group
Embedding Nature-based Solutions in Transport Corridors
This presentation discussed transport infrastructure can contribute to ecosystem services that are related to water management.
Tony Wong
Avoidance of Ecological Damage: Cost/Benefit Analysis of Road Projects
This presentation discussed economic approaches and economic tools to look at road development in rural areas.
Kim Bonnie
Mitigations to Minimize Transport Infrastructure Impacts on Biodiversity
This presentation gave an overview of green infrastructure mitigation options available when avoidance of impacts is not possible.
Norris Dodd
Modelling Biodiversity Impacts of Development Infrastructures and Identification of Potential Project Alternatives and Offset Areas
This presentation discussed methods for modelingbiodiversity that can help to assess potential impacts and identify options for infrastructure development…

This workshop will showcase the multiple benefits of adopting green solutions in energy project development.

Francesco Ricciardi, Senior Environment Specialist, Safeguards Division and Environment Thematic Group, ADB

Priyantha Wijayatunga, Chief, Energy Sector Group, ADB

eSensitivity Mapping: Avoiding Conflict between Birds and Renewable Energy
Duncan Lang, Senior Environment Specialist, ADB
Tris Allinson, Senior Conservation Scientist, Birdlife International

River Links: The Benefits of Functionally-Based River Basin Assessments for Ensuring Sustainable Hydropower
Cate Brown, Director and Senior Consultant, Southern Waters Ecological Research and Consulting

Promoting Nature-Sensitive Renewable Energy While Protecting Migratory Species
Ivan Ramirez, Energy Task Force, United Nations Convention on Migratory Species

The Energy Transition and Renewables: The 1.5°C Challenge
Ute Collier, Deputy Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, International Renewable Agency (IRENA)

Open Discussion

Coastal areas in Asia Pacific are among the most vulnerable to climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution caused by ports, coastal infrastructure development, and shipping operations.

Infrastructure that makes use of natural solutions — such as beach dunes, reefs and mangrove management — can help to contain coastal erosion and flooding, and thereby prevent the loss of land, livelihoods, homes, and wildlife habitats. Innovative instruments, including insurance tools and regional environmental standards, are being proposed to manage risks and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

WelcomeYueyu Zou, Environment Specialist, ADB
Opening RemarksNoelle O’brien, Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group concurrently Director, SDCC, ADB
Presentation 1: Taking the Blue Road: Resilience, Restoration and Regeneration in Coastal DevelopmentMat Vanderklift, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
Presentation 2: Insurance Tools to Support Nature-Based SolutionsJosh Ling, Fund Manager, Asia-Pacific Climate Finance Fund (ACliFF), ADB
Q&AModerator: Yueyu Zou, Environment Specialist, ADB
Presentation 3: Tools and Techniques to Detect Illegal Wildlife Trade in Ports and AirportsCecilia Fischer, Consultant – Illegal Wildlife Trade Coordinator, ADB
Presentation 4: Green Port Standards – A Regional ApproachRussell Stevens, Principal Marine Scientist – Ports, O2 Marine
Q&AModerator: Yueyu Zou, Environment Specialist, ADB
Closing remarks


ModeratorVinod Mathur, Former Chairperson, National Biodiversity, Authority of India
Opening RemarksSujata Gupta, Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Division, East Asia Department, ADB
Green Infrastructure Development: An Overview Dr. Vinod
This presentation is an overview of green infrastructure development from an ADB perspective.
Vinod Mathur
Key Message from Greening Transport, Energy, and Coastal Development
This presentation are takeaways from the Webinar “Green Road to Montreal”: Roundtable of Champions from an ADB perspective.
Karma Yangzom
Roundtable Discussion 
Presentation from Ministry of Economy, Republic of Fiji
This presentation gave an overview of regional planning in infrastructure development from the Government of Fiji’s perspective.
Kamal Krishnan Gounder
Sustainable Development of National Highways in India
This presentation is an overview of the development ofnational highways in India.
Biswajit Mukhopadhay
Addressing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Road Projects financed by ADB in Nepal
This presentation discussed biodiversity and ecosystem services in road projects in Nepal.
Sushil Babu Dhakal
Presentation from NEDA
This presentation discussed sustainable infrastructure planning in the Philippines.
Roderick Planta
Open Forum 
Key Messages/Take aways from the Webinar “Green Road to Montreal”: Roundtable of Champions From Panelists
This presentation are takeaways from the Webinar “Green Road to Montreal”: Roundtable of Champions from the panelists.
Closing remarksVinod Mathur, Former Chairperson, National Biodiversity, Authority of India

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