01.15 PM to 02:15 PM (CEST)

Land value capture (LVC) has huge untapped potential for climate action and can help close the global climate finance gap. It provides a revenue source for much needed infrastructure. However, local governments face constraints for implementing LVC instruments in terms of land valuation, legal frameworks and administrative and technical capacity. As cities plan and implement projects that will help them adapt to climate change, they are focusing on nature-based solutions such as restoring wetlands or daylighting rivers in built up areas. These solutions can be costly, but the benefits for the environment and even land values can shadow the scale of the investment.

The session will explore key principles underpinning LVC, examples for the application of LVC instruments across the world, and paths toward quicker adoption and implementation of LVC to finance and/or implement key components of the climate agenda.

MAIN CONVENOR: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH



Alix Loisier Dufour | Advisor, GIZ

Alix Loisier Dufour is an urban planner and landscape architect. Presently working as an advisor to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), she has been working in the field of urban development for the private and public sectors, as well as for the German Development Cooperation. Currently based in Germany, her previous positions are ranging from planning practitioner in France to governance advisor to a local municipality in South Africa. Her focus lies on urban policies, integrated town and regional planning, land policies and urban governance, including information-based decision-making and institutional solutions for urban development processes. 

Opening remarks

Dr. George W. McCarthy | President, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Dr. George “Mac” McCarthy is President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Before joining the Lincoln Institute in 2014, Mac directed Metropolitan Opportunity at the Ford Foundation, and coordinated transportation and housing development to alleviate poverty and reduce its concentration in metropolitan areas in the U.S. and developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Before taking that position, Mac administered a program at Ford that focused on using homeownership to build assets for low-income families and their communities. Before joining Ford, Mac worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mac has worked as Professor of Economics at Bard College, Resident Scholar at the Jerome Levy Economics Institute, Visiting Scholar and Member of the High Table at King’s College of Cambridge University, Visiting Scholar at the University of Naples, Italy, and Research Associate at the Centre for Social Research in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mac received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Montana; an M.A. in Economics at Duke University; and, a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Opening remarks/Key Note

Andrés Fuentes Hutfilter | Head of Unit, OECD

Andrés has led quantitative work to integrate climate policy challenges in regional development. Before joining CFE, he was Senior Economist in the OECD’s Economics Department. Before joining CFE, he was Senior Economist in the OECD’s Economics Department, at the IMF and a university lecturer.


Washington Fajardo | Chief of Urban Planning / President, Rio de Janerio / Pereira Passos Institute of Urbanism

Washington Fajardo is an architect devoted to recycling Brazilian cities. He was President of the Rio World Heritage Institute from 2009 until 2016. 

The Loeb Fellowship selected him for the Class of 2019 at Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

Last year, he was appointed as Rio’s Chief of Urban Planning and President of Pereira Passos Institute of Urbanism. 

Since then, he has been running a unique urban project to repopulate Rio’s Downtown, called Revive Plan, revising the city’s masterplan and working on the development of digital twins for favelas. 

John Michael LaSalle | Analyst, Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance / Climate Policy Initiative

John Michael LaSalle is an Analyst at Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), in the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance Secretariat. At CPI, he has supported project preparation and helped develop financing instruments for urban climate infrastructure projects. He holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Daniel Kozak | Director of the Research Centre on Habitat and Energy, School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Daniel Kozak is Director of the Research Centre on Habitat and Energy at the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Daniel is also a researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina. His main line of work is focused on the implementation of Blue-Green Infrastructure and Nature-based Solutions. He has been the recipient of a scholarship for post-doctoral studies from Fulbright and a visiting scholar at Columbia University (USA). Daniel holds an architecture degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University (UK).

Hitesh Makwana | Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Tamil Nadu, India

Mr. Makwana has held several key positions such as Executive Director at National Mission for Clean Ganga, Joint Secretary at Ministry of Home Affairs, Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation, and Joint Commissioner at Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, Tamil Nadu.