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Local Government Climate Roadmap

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The Local Government Climate Roadmap, a broad coalition of local government networks in response to the Bali Action Plan, aims to ensure that a strong and ambitious global climate regime is designed and implemented in the post-2015 period by local and subnational governments. Organizations which join the Roadmap endorse the ‘Nantes Declaration of Local and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change’ and support the activities of the Roadmap.

The mission of the Roadmap is twofold: To Build on the success of recognition of local and subnational governments as governmental stakeholders in Cancun Agreements para.7 of Dec.1/CP16, and to prepare for Phase-3 (2016-2020) (Resourcing local climate action).

The output of the Roadmap is a local agenda that establishes and provides implementation guidance for specific climate actions recommended for adoption by local and sub-regional governments.

Local Governments reporting on the carbonn Climate Registry (a recommended action of the Local Government Climate Roadmap) experience outputs and benefits such as:

  • Visibility and recognition as a leading actor in climate and adaptation work;
  • Credibility resulting from transparent and accountable reports of mitigation and adaptation achievements;
  • Inspiration for other local governments through information sharing;
  • Standardization of greenhouse gas emission reports;

Contributing to, and empowering further, local and regional climate action.

The Roadmap process is comprised of three important steps and types of advocacy efforts – Recognition, Engagement, and Empowerment of local governments in national and global arenas.

  • Recognition relates to the acknowledgement of local and subnational governments as “governmental stakeholders” of the global climate regime, as defined in Paragraph 7 of the Cancun Agreements (2010)
  • Engagement contends that local climate action can raise global efforts on mitigation and adaptation, if local and subnational governments are fully engaged in agenda setting and implementation of global climate regime through partnerships at all levels.
  • Empowerment supports local and subnational government availability of and access to financial resources through existing and additional national, international and global finance schemes should be enhanced, in order to enable local and subnational governments to fully mobilize their potential, capacity and ambitions for local climate mitigation and adaptation

These three steps are guided by four strategic working platforms:

  • Strengthening global, regional and national initiatives by scaling up and harmonizing
  • Establishing Friends of Cities at the UNFCCC
  • Generating synergies with outside-UNFCCC processes focusing on urbanization
  • Enhancing finance for local climate action

Users of the Local Government Climate Roadmap can also make use of the (publically accessible) ‘One-Stop-Shop’, an online library of relevant: Local Government Climate Roadmap publications; political commitments; selected global reports; selected local, sub-national, regional, and national reports and case studies; key submissions by UNFCCC parties; key submissions by Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency; and key UNFCCC decisions.

“Commitment and Reporting” are listed as aspects of the ‘strengthening global, regional and national initiatives by scaling up and harmonizing’ platform. Local and sub-regional governments who are using the Roadmap are invited to report their climate information on the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR). With the cCR, reporting governments can report their climate information to the cCR both online and offline. The reporting sheets include the number of climate commitments, availability of latest GHG inventories and number of climate actions (in mitigation and adaptation), including proposals in need of funding.

In order to enhance financing for local climate action, the Local Government Climate Roadmap recommends that local and sub-regional governments submit their innovative projects to ICLEI’s Transformative Actions Program (TAP). The TAP aims to improve access to existing capital flows for cities and regions, catalyze and accelerate additional capital flows, and maximize investment in low-carbon and climate-resilient urban development and governance processes.

To use the Roadmap, local government associations and city networks must endorse the ‘Nantes Declaration of Local and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change’ and support other activities, charters and conventions. This requires internal discussion and agreement, which must be arrived at through at least one meeting. To this end, a meeting room/boardroom will be required, likely furnished with a table and chairs, a whiteboard, and a computer so that minutes can be taken.

For improved access to financing, local and sub-national governments must submit an application through the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) website (tap-potential.org). The online application form is offered in various languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean). To fulfill this framework condition, applicants must have access to a computer with internet access.

In order to browse the publicly available database of the cCR, or for local and sub-national governments to report climate information, users must have access to a computer with internet access.

The Local Government Climate Roadmap is particularly pertinent in regard to the ‘Sustainable Energy Planning and Low Carbon Urban Development’ Module of the SUSTAIN project.

In addition to raising awareness at the global level of importance of local government actors in addressing challenges of climate change, the Roadmap can:

  • Educate on climate impact and provide essential linkages to development goals and resilience
  • Provide access to resources which offer information and skills in how to mitigate impacts
  • Serve as the foundational components for low carbon urban development and sustainable energy planning