ICLEI SEAS takes part in CDKN-ICLEI learning program, showcases Bogor Urban LEDS experience
CDKN-ICLEI learning workshop participants at the ICIMOD Knowledge Park. The knowledge park was intended for testing and demonstration of various methodologies related to integrated mountain development and sustainable farming practices on the sloping land of Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

The second workshop of CDKN-ICLEI Sub-national Learning Programme Phase II took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, on February 8 to 12 with an overall theme of ‘Moving from Planning to Implementation’. Specifically, the program aims to “draw out learning from CDKN experience that can be turned into recommendations for decision-makers on how to move from planning to implementation of climate compatible development (CCD)* policies – with a spotlight on activities and experiences in cities, provinces, and states in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia.”

To achieve this, CDKN-ICLEI commissioned various projects and organizations to develop inside stories. Breaking away from the usual ‘case study’ approach, an inside story intends to share with the reader the learning process unfolding in a project of typically high ambitions in its encounters with people, institutions, interests, and governance frameworks, among others. Further, it highlights challenges encountered by the project team as well as means and ways by which these were addressed.

Urban LEDS, one of the projects currently being implemented by ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS), is one of the 11 projects showcased in this learning programme. A draft inside story has been prepared by ICLEI SEAS and Indonesia Project Office. The inside story will undergo a thorough review and editorial process within ICLEI Europe and CDKN before publication. The inside story specifically focuses on Bogor City’s experience and highlights the results of the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and how low emission development strategies (LEDS) were embedded into its medium-term development plan.

During the four-day workshop, participants reviewed and analyzed the learning questions using their respective projects in order to come up with draft key messages which shall serve as inputs to the project’s synthesis report. The Paris Agreement, sustainable development goals (SDGs), and Habitat III and how these relate to CCD were also presented. The learning workshop also included a field visit to ICIMOD Knowledge Park as well as rural community practicing rooftop gardening in Lalitpur District.

Other projects included in the learning programme focus on different themes of CCD including renewable energy, coastal tourism, climate-smart agriculture, vulnerability assessments, among others. Selected cases came from various countries in Central and South America as well as South and Southeast Asia. All inside stories are expected to be published by July 2016 and will be showcased during the second Resilient Cities Asia Pacific forum where a CDKN-ICLEI session is planned.

The first CDKN-ICLEI learning workshop was held in Quito, Ecuador, in July 2015 where the learning questions were fleshed out and finalized.

* Defined by CDKN as “development that minimizes the harm caused by climate impacts, while maximizing the many human development opportunities presented by a low emissions, more resilient, future”

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