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25-27 MAY 2016

Why this conference?

Climate change poses a growing challenge to the private sector everywhere. High winds, flooding, drought, heat waves, sea level rise, variable precipitation, wildfires, and invasive pests threaten organizational continuity, property and infrastructure, value chains and local communities and livelihoods.

At the same time, climate risks represent a growing private sector opportunity. Everywhere people demand climate resilience solutions. These may help to protect property, assets and operations from climate risks, or in other cases to protect health, livelihoods or to transfer such risks.

The objective of the Proadapt conference was to discuss the challenges and opportunities of private climate resilience and share innovative approaches to climate resilience in various sectors and contexts. The conference was organized by Proadapt, a program of the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank, in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund.

The conference featured presentations by firms and private organizations in climate-smart agriculture, tourism, insurance, transportation, infrastructure, banking, sustainable and resilient cities, among other topics, and discussions included business and investment models related to climate risks, new data analytics for resilience, public private partnerships and climate risk.

Please visit the Proadapt conference agenda for an overview of panels and presenters; have a look at the many presentations, and watch the videos of the full sessions.

Hotel Intercontinental Cartagena
Address no, Cra. 1 #51, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
Phone +57 5 6424250


Cartagena or Cartagena de Indias is a city on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region and capital of the Bolívar Department. The port city had a population of 892,545 as of the 2005 census. It is the fifth-largest city in Colombia and the second largest in the region, after Barranquilla. The Cartagena urban area is also the fifth-largest urban area in the country. Economic activities include maritime and petrochemicals industry, as well as tourism.

The city was founded on June 1, 1533, and named after Cartagena, Spain, itself after the original Carthage in Tunisia. However, settlement in this region around Cartagena Bay by various indigenous people dates back to 4000 BC. During the colonial period Cartagena served a key role in administration and expansion of the Spanish empire. It was a center of political and economic activity due to the presence of royalty and wealthy viceroys. In 1984 Cartagena's colonial walled city and fortress were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the city
Foundation June 1, 1533
Founded by Pedro de Heredia
Government Manuel Vicente Duque
Area City - 572 km2
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2006) City - 895,400 (approx.)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
The International Airport Rafael Núñez (CTG) is the most visited in the Caribbean region. Located within the urban perimeter, it offers easy access to most city locations. It has direct flights to and from the most important cities in Colombia and to international destinations such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Panama, and New York.
Hotel rooms in Cartagena have been blocked for the Proadapt Conference with special rates for the participants of the event. These rates include taxes. To make reservations, please contact our local agency Contactos SAS.
The official time in Cartagena is GM- 5 h. Business hours go from 8:00am to 6:00pm except for malls, which open at 10:00am until 8:00pm.
Cartagena de Indias features a tropical wet and dry climate averaging around 90% humidity, with rainy seasons typically in May–June and October–November. The climate tends to be hot and windy.
Cartagena's currency is the Colombian peso (COP). Being a tourism destination, US dollars are accepted as form of payment.
Casual attire is recommended for the duration of the event, even for events at night. Please bear in mind that temperature in the conference rooms may vary.
Voltage in Colombia is 110V. Most electronic devices need no adapters as they accept voltages between 110 and 220V. Take all necessary precautions to check the voltage of your equipment such as hair dryers, shavers, battery chargers, notebooks, cameras, etc. If your equipment has rounded ends, bring an adapter.
In the event of any emergency, please contact the embassy or consulate of your country, where you will be provided proper guidance and will obtain the necessary support to solve any problem.
The Proadapt Conference and its organizers are not liable for medical or travel insurance, theft or personal injury.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in two languages: English and Spanish for all plenary and technical sessions except in social events.
Colombia is a peaceful country; however, regular safety precautions are recommended:
  • Carry an identification document: an identification card is preferred rather than your passport
  • Do not change any money on the street; do so at currency exchange houses or banks
  • Use taxis from the hotel where you are staying at or request assistance to any of the event officials
  • Do not wander around in isolated, dark or little-traffic places
  • Do not provide anyone with your hotel room number or invite an unauthorized person to your room
  • Do not leave valuables at sight while in restaurants or pool areas
  • Use the safety box for your valuables
Colombia has many wonders. If you are interested in exploring Cartagena, please contact our Official Travel Agency Contactos SAS for the following options:
  • Visit Rosario Islands
  • Shopping Tour
  • Walking Tour in the Old City
  • Rumba en Chiva
  • City Tour
  • Volcano Mud
And others.
The Proadapt Conference will provide transportation service from official hotel to social events. For transportation to and from the airport to the hotel, you can request it, at your own expense, when making your hotel reservation.
The VAT is 16% for consumption or purchase. Lodging is 10% and meals have an additional 10% service charge (the latter is optional).
Some nationalities require visa to enter Colombia. We encourage you to check if your nationality requires a visa in the Consulate Office of Colombia closest to your place of residence. See more information here. http://www.cancilleria.gov.co/services/colombia/visas

Accommodation: Contactos SAS, the official logistics and travel agency has blocked a limited number of rooms for the Proadapt Conference. It is very important that you take care of your hotel reservations as early as possible.

Tourism Packages: Contactos SAS will also offer a number of tourism packages for an additional cost.

More information available soon.

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