Video / Recorded Webinar
Adaptation Community Meeting - A practical pathway forward: removing barriers to designing, financing and building climate resilient infrastructure
The global infrastructure investment needed to keep up with projected economic and demographic growth is US$94 trillion by 2040, yet we are only on track to meet 18% of that need. At the same time, floods, wildfires, and droughts are increasing in frequency and intensity and compromise existing infrastructure. In 2017, global losses from weather-related disasters totaled US$320 billion – the costliest year ever. As a development community, we know the need is great and the risks are high, but what practical steps can we take to change our behavior and make smarter decisions about how we design, finance and build infrastructure?
At the September Adaptation Community Meeting, panelists from the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID and its implementing partners will discuss the infrastructure challenge at hand and propose practical solutions, drawing on case studies in Jamaica, Nepal, Cambodia, Kenya and Pakistan. Audience members will be invited to participate in an informal conversation about how we can shift our behavior to develop and scale up climate resilient infrastructure and accelerate learning - today, tomorrow, and into the future.
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Danielle Miley (Moderator) is a Climate Change Adaptation Specialist in USAID/Washington's Global Climate Change (GCC) Office in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3). Danielle has 14 years of experience in urban environmental management and international development, focusing on the Southeast Asia and Latin America and Caribbean regions. Danielle leads USAID/Washington's urban adaptation portfolio, is COR on the Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project and AOR on the C40 Cities Finance Facility grant agreement with GIZ. Prior to working in international development, Danielle worked as a building and urban environmental designer for the UK based architecture and engineering firm, Buro Happold. Danielle holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College and a MEM from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Doug Mason is Director of Environmental and Social Performance at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Prior to that, he guided environmental performance in the private sector (in the development of over $30 billion of infrastructure) and at other international development organizations (including the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Bank).
John Pasch is the Engineering Division Chief in the Office of Energy and Infrastructure. Mr. Pasch is a Civil Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in infrastructure development and environment and water resources management. He has lived and worked on engineering and infrastructure projects in Eritrea, Morocco, West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Thailand and Egypt. Prior to joining the Engineering Division, Mr. Pasch served as the Director of the Office of Water. Mr. Pasch holds a Professional Engineering License in the State of Colorado. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and of Colorado State University with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.
Chris Perine is an environmental management specialist with more than 25 years of experience working internationally on climate change mitigation and adaptation, urban environmental infrastructure development, environmental impact assessment and natural resources management. He currently is the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project. ATLAS analyzes climate risk associated with USAID programs and host country government policies and plans worldwide, identifying vulnerabilities and providing actionable recommendations to improve resilience.
Sam Huston is a water resources and infrastructure professional with expertise working in emerging markets and developing countries. Mr. Huston has 15 years of project management experience working on water supply, infrastructure financing, urban sanitation, utility reform, business planning, corporatization, water resource management, climate change, water-related conflict and construction management in numerous countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Currently, Mr. Huston serves as the Chief of Party for USAID’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) project. Among other positions he previously severed as a technical expert for USAID’s African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC). He has a a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, UK.
This event was organized by the USAID Climate Change Adaptation, Thought Leadership, and Assessments (ATLAS) project. All Adaptation Community Meeting webinars can be found here.