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Virtual Technical Deep Dive: Managing Metro Regions to Build Back Better

June 14-18, 2021

Tokyo, Japan

  • From June 14 to 18, Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) organized a virtual Technical Deep Dive (TDD), Managing Metro Regions to Build Back Better. This TDD brought together representatives from large metropolitan regions in developing economies to exchange experiences and knowledge with a view towards gaining a better understanding of how planning and institutional approaches, data tools and investment prioritization can be harnessed to assist metro regions across the world to be greener and more resilient.

    This TDD provided an opportunity for World Bank client country participants  to develop a deeper understanding of good practices in metro-level planning and governance, neighborhood-based approaches to integrated development, and areas and directions for a greener and more inclusive post-COVID recovery.



    Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)

  • Day 1

    • Welcome & TDD Objectives
    • Framing Presentation
    • Introduction to Action Planning & TDLC Operational Support
    • Client Challenge Presentations

    Day 2

    Theme: Urban Modeling Tools for Neighborhood Level Planning

    • Japan Case 1: Tokyo’s Master Plan and Coordination with Municipalities
    • Tools to Support Integrated Planning for Neighborhood Improvements   
    • International Case 1: Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project
    • International Case 2: Urban Performance, Sustainability, and Data Collaboration –  Experience from Indonesia

    Day 3

    Theme: Post-COVID Recovery Priorities – Building Back Better and Greener

    • Introduction to Building Back Better and Greener Post-COVID
    • International Case 3: London Recovery Programme and Green New Deal Mission
    • Japan Case 2: Town Development of Futako Tamagawa in Peri-urban Tokyo
    • International Case 4: Kinshasa – Kin Elenda Project

    Day 4

    Theme: Bringing it together: Capital Investment Planning for Green and Resilient Metro Regions

    • Introduction to Financing Options for Green and Resilient Metro Regions
    • Japan Case 3: Financial Management
    • International Case 5: South Africa’s Financial Strategies

    Day 5

    • Action Plan Presentations
    • Next Steps
    • Closing Remarks

    *Key agenda items only. Agenda is subject to change.

  • Mega metropolitan regions are big players on the world stage, producing much of the world’s wealth, attracting global talent, and commanding global economies. Yet, these densely populated urban areas are responsible for over 70% of the world’s carbon emissions from energy use. Metro regions have a growing role in mitigating the impacts of climate change through the way they are planned and managed, especially in light of the COVID-19 recovery.

    On the Open Day (Day 3) of our Virtual Technical Deep Dive on “Managing Metro Regions to Build Back Better”, we explored the theme of Post-COVID Recovery Priorities – Building Back Better and Greener. Please watch the recorded sessions from the link below.



    8:00 pm–9:45 pm (JST), Wednesday, June 16, 2021


    Introduction to Building Back Better and Greener Post-COVID

    This session showcased good practices and policies on integrating green measures into urban investments to support job creation and a greener recovery.


    • Joan Fitzgerald, Northeastern University
    • Joanna Masic, World Bank

    International Case: London

    The session introduced London Recovery Programme and Green New Deal Mission. 


    • Daniel Bicknell, London City Hall 
    • Joanna Masic, World Bank

    Japan Case: Futako Tamagawa

    This session introduced the town development of Futako Tamagawa in peri-urban Tokyo. Topics covered included; the neighborhood’s walkability; compact city planning; and how peri-urban neighborhoods can plan for regeneration, increased livability, competitiveness, and sustainability.


    • Hidetoshi Tamaoka, Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd.
    • Masafumi Ota, Tokyu Research Institute
    • Haruka Miki-Imoto, World Bank

    *Program is subject to change.