CAS 2021 Anchoring Event – The Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity

On demand on CAS TV – from Sydney, Australia

The Anchoring Event on Infrastructure, co-hosted by the Macquarie Group and the Government of the Netherlands, seeks to accelerate mainstreaming of climate resilience into infrastructure planning, design, operation, and maintenance.

Scaling up infrastructure investment is vital for ensuring long-term progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. In the near-term, it is also essential to support a resilient economic recovery from COVID-19. We need to ensure that all infrastructure is ready for the impact of climate change.

At this Anchoring Event, stakeholders showcase the importance of resilient infrastructure, share best practices, and focus on seizing opportunities.


Event programme overview

  • Welcome Remarks
    Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands.
  • Fireside Chat
    Shemara Wikramanayake, CEO, Macquarie Group;
    Makhtar Diop, Vice President Infrastructure, World Bank.
  • Panel – Infrastructure We Have
    Leadership by the public and private sector to enhance resilience of existing assets.
  • Panel – Infrastructure We Need
    Mobilising infrastructure investment to fill the resilience gap.
  • Panel – Achieving Resilient Infrastructure Systems
    Transformational approaches to strengthen the resilience of infrastructure systems.


The Netherlands, working with partners including UNOPS, GCA, Oxford Environmental Change Institute, UNEP, AfDB, ADB, EBRD, GCF, World Bank, Governments of Bangladesh and Ghana will catalyse the integration of climate resilience into infrastructure plans in 20 countries by 2030, starting with Ghana and Bangladesh. This will enhance the resilience of over 500 million people by providing them with enhanced access to reliable, clean and affordable infrastructure services. This will drive and facilitate efforts to mainstream resilience into infrastructure planning, based on the latest tools for stress testing infrastructure networks.

Funded by the Netherlands, an initiative is launched to support green‐resilient infrastructure in Bangladesh. This funding supports the use of stress testing, a quantitative analysis of current vulnerabilities and climate risk dialogues with stakeholders to discuss and analyze and the impact to infrastructure in different future scenarios. The stress testing aims to identify priority impacts from climate change, the development of a roadmap for resilient infrastructure, and identifies good practices that could be adopted by other countries.

Knowledge sharing to identify and disseminate emerging good practices in system‐level resilience will be supported. Our aim this year is to train 30 Climate Resilient Infrastructure Officers – CRIOs – from around the world, to act as experts and ambassadors in their own organisations, national and international networks.

At CAS 2021, Dutch dredging company Van Oord launched the Climate Risk Overview, a global online tool that combines multiple data layers and enables users to identify the world’s most‐at‐risk coastal areas. The Climate Risk Overview visualises on a map a combination of key parameters, including populations, flood exposure, low‐lying land, coastal erosion and ecology. Almost all data is from open sources and mapped onto 10‐km stretches of the world’s coastlines. The tool is in the public domain and anyone can use it.

More outcomes

Download an overview of CAS 2021 outcomes and results. More per-session deliverables are also accessible from the Summit outcomes page.


This event presents a variety of high-level speakers.

Partner organisations

African Development Bank

Asian Development Bank

Climate Vulnerable Forum

European Investment Bank

Global Centre on Adaptation

Global Infrastructure Investors Association

Government of Ghana

Government of the Netherlands

Green Climate Fund

Macquarie Capital

Macquarie Group Limited

McKinsey Global Institute

Royal Schiphol Group

S&P Global, Inc

The Nature Conservancy

The World Bank