Financing Urban Resilience through Land Value Capture

Online conference
Friday 9 Jul 2021, 09:00 - 18:30
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Registration for the conference is free of charge. The fee for the Masterclasses is 20 euro per person. 
All those submitting abstracts are required to register before submitting.

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About the conference

Making cities more resilient to climate change and natural disasters, and in the process helping them to improve their social and economic resilience, is a major challenge of our time. A large and complicated aspect of urban resilience is the financing question: 'How are cities expected to finance the various hard and soft measures needed to prepare for (and recover from) climate change impacts and disasters, and what role can land-based finance play in that?'

This one-day online conference, organized by IHS/Erasmus University Rotterdam, focuses on a promising financing opportunity for local governments worldwide, namely instruments of land value capture (LVC) and their role in helping cities pay for local resilience.

Capturing increments in land values – through such measures as land and property taxes, public land leasing, trading of density rights and land readjustment – has long been a key strategy that has helped cities in developed countries fund their local infrastructure and public goods and amenities and to correct distortions in land markets.

The challenge is now to expand the use of LVC in cities in the developing world. The importance of LVC instruments for local governments is increasing as central government financing comes under strain from fiscal pressures and cities will have to turn more to local funding sources. External shocks, such as the current pandemic and natural disasters, are exacerbating this trend.

This conference brings together researchers, scholars, experts, and policymakers working on resilience and global climate adaptation for a full day of discussion and presentations on the interaction between land-based finance and urban resilience.

The focus of the conference will be on financing resilience in relation to climate change, but special attention will also be paid to social and economic aspects of resilience, which are intertwined with local capacities to adapt to environmental change.


The conference will address the following themes, via panel sessions featuring roundtable discussions and debates, panel discussions and case study presentations:

  • What are the concepts and applications of land-based finance instruments and land value capture instruments? What are the challenges of LVC in the context of resilience, including institutional capacity, awareness, legal framework, and politics?

  • What are the main resilience strategies employed in cities in response to climate change and/or natural disasters? What are sources of private and public revenues? How are the different urban actors involved? How can the idea of co-benefits help to finance resilience measures?

  • What role can land-based financing play in building resilience in cities? What best practices exist and what can be learned from them? What are the drivers and constraints to their wider use?

  • What recommendation and next steps can be envisioned to promote greater use of land-based financing, with a special focus on cities in the global South? What is required from different urban actors to address resilience financing?

Format and partners

In response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 global crisis, the Conference will be held in an online format. The programme of this conference is interactive, including panel discussions, Masterclasses, and keynote lectures. The morning and afternoon parallel sessions will follow the same format. Masterclasses will be provided by experts and will be repeated in the morning and afternoon to accommodate participants from different time zones. The material to be discussed in the Masterclasses will be tailored to specific time zone regions. 

Key-note speakers and moderators will be announced soon. The conference is organized with the contribution of key international organizations. The conference is part of the Executive Course on Transition to Land-Based Finance of IHS.

Tentative programme

9:00 - 10:00 

Opening Ceremony with Key-note speaker
10:00 - 11:15

Parallel Session 1 – Open for abstract submission!

  1. Roundtable discussion and debate
  2. Panel discussion
  3. Case Studies: Asia, Africa, Europe

11:15 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:30

IHS Masterclasses – morning session

12:30 - 13:00Break
13:00- 14:15 Plenary session with Key-note speaker
14:15-14:30 Break

Parallel Session 2 - Open for abstract submission!

  1. Roundtable discussion and debate
  2. Panel discussion
  3. Case Studies: Latin America, Africa, Europe
15:45-16:00 Break
16:00-17:00 IHS Master-classes – afternoon session
17:30 -18:00

Closing Ceremony

18:00 - 18:30Online networking

All times are expressed in Central European Summer Time (CEST).


The Financing Urban Resilience through Land Value Capture Conference Masterclasses will take place both at 11:30 CEST and at 16:00 CEST. Please register at the time of your preference. Each Masterclass will be open for 20 participants maximum.



Innovative land value capture instruments

To be confirmed

Financing adaptation through co-benefit strategies for resilience

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We now invite abstract submissions for the conference. The deadline is May 15.

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