Local and subnational actors – e.g. cities and provinces, regions, states – typically have the mandate to deal with urban planning, the built environment, the transport sector, waste and water management – currently all important greenhouse gas emitting sectors. Business-as-usual scenarios envisage that emissions in these sectors will continue to rise due to unmanaged energy and resource use, aggravated by urban growth. To effectively address this challenge, a change in approach is needed – aimed at maximizing the impacts of national climate strategies, by creating closer synergies in planning, implementation and monitoring, between all levels of government through vertical integration approaches.
This session will shed light the role of local governments in this process, and what effective vertical integration between different levels of government could look like. ICLEI, as the voice of local and subnational governments in the international climate negotiations – in its capacity as Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency focal point within the UNFCCC process – and as facilitator of the Local Government Climate Roadmap, has been engaged in this negotiation process since 2007, calling for recognition, engagement, and empowerment.
This session will further showcase examples of successful vertical integration, in its various dimensions, from coordination to financing and integrated reporting. One interesting focus for cities in emerging economies and developing countries is the new guidance and exploring the role of subnational governments in the design and implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (V-NAMAs).
Participants will gain an insight into:
V-NAMAs and MRV – the relevance to local and subnational governments
Ana Marques, Senior Project Officer, Low Carbon Cities Program, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, representing Axel Olearius, Head of Project, GIZ V-NAMA Project