Masterclass on Climate-Resilient Public-Private Partnerships


13 – 17 September 2021, 14:15 CEST

Event description:

The 1st edition of the Masterclass on Climate-Resilient Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) took place from 13th to 17th September 2021. The objective of the Masterclass is to build capacity of PPP practitioners to become leaders in integrating climate adaptation and resilience into infrastructure PPPs. This week-long event involved the participation of 46 global PPP practitioners and over 15 experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities to integrate resilience into PPPs. All the sessions of the Masterclass were recorded and are available for practitioners below.

Participants were certified as Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Officers (CRIOs) and form a network of professionals that will implement these concepts to structure infrastructure projects in their own country context.

The Masterclass is part of GCA’s Knowledge Module on PPPs for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure. PPP practitioners globally can access a Handbook available as a public good, a self-paced Online Course and a Certification Exam by APMG. More information on the Knowledge Module is available here


Day 1:
Opening Ceremony and Keynote Lecture on the opportunity to leverage PPPs for climate-resilient infrastructure

  • Patrick Verkooijen, CEO, Global Center on Adaptation
  • Imad Fakhoury, Global Director, Infrastructure Finance, PPPs and Guarantees, World Bank Group
  • Kees van der Burg, Director General Mobility and Transport, Ministry Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands
  • Stephane Hallegatte, Lead Economist, World Bank Climate Change Group

Watch the recording : Opening Ceremony

Day 2: How can climate risk be assessed and resilience measures identified in PPPs? How can we make decisions and plan investments under conditions of uncertainty?

  • Jia Li, Senior Economist, World Bank Climate Change Group
  • Kees van Muiswinkel, Senior Advisor – Climate Adaptation, Road Sector,Rijkswaterstaat
  • Scott Thacker, Infrastructure Specialist, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  • Mónica Altamirano (PhD), Partner, NOW Partners

Watch the recording : Part 1 | Part 2

Day 3: Which innovative mechanisms can be used to finance resilient infrastructure? How can we integrate Nature-based Solutions as a way to enhance the resilience of PPPs?

  • Craig Davies, Associate Director, Green Economy & Climate Action, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Ramon Abracosa, Independent Consultant, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Virginie Marchal, Senior Programme Manager, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
  • Giovani Frisari, Climate Change Economist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Ancor Suarez, PPP Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Watch the recording : Part 1 | Part 2

Day 4: What are the requirements that need to be included in the tender and evaluation of bids, in contract management and to measure the performance of an asset to ensure PPPs are climate-resilient? How can we engage with stakeholders in this process?

  • Jean-Christophe Barth, Executive Director, World Association of PPP Units & Professionals (WAPPP)
  • Gisele Saralegui, Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Philippe Neves, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF)
  • David Baxter, Senior PPP Advisor, International Sustainable Resilience Center (ISRC)

Watch the recording : Part 1 | Part 2

Day 5: This session will bring all participants together to close the Masterclass. We will provide an overview of the topics discussed throughout the week, reflect on key learnings, and discuss a way forward to continue engagement of this group of global PPP practitioners.

  • Danilo Cançado, Program Officer Green Infrastructure, Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)
  • David Baxter, Senior PPP Advisor, International Sustainable Resilience Center (ISRC)
  • AECOM team of facilitators:
    Craig MacDougall, Director
    Kristina Downey, Senior Climate Change Consultant
    Lee Lambert, Consultant
    Jessica Tinkler, Sustainability and Resilience Consultant