Six municipal climate partnerships between Germany and the Global South (Nepal, the Philippines, and Viet Nam) were established during the International Kick-Off Workshop of the Fifth Phase of the Municipal Climate Partnerships project, held on July 12-14 at the Philippine Carabao Centre in the Science City of Muñoz, Philippines.
The project, which started in 2011, is being implemented by the Service Agency Communities in One World Engagement Global, in cooperation with the North-Rhine Westphalian Working Party on Agenda 21 (LAG 21 NRW) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project aims to strengthen the partnerships between German municipalities and municipalities in the Global South in developing joint programmes of action for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Representatives from Engagement Global, LAG 21 NRW and ICLEI SEAS as well as delegates from participating municipalities from Germany, Nepal, the Philippines and Viet Nam took part in the International Kick-Off Workshop of the Fifth Phase of the Municipal Climate Partnerships Project.
The workshop served as a platform for participating municipalities (see table) to familiarize themselves with their respective partners – establish rapport, gain appreciation of existing situations, and explore common areas to work on – as well as an opportunity for knowledge exchange. Following the kick-off workshop, all municipalities are entitled to three delegation visits depending on the agreement between partner municipalities. This is to be done within the period of 18 months as they proceed with the process of developing their joint programmes of action. The concrete joint programme of action should identify common objectives, measures, and allocated resources to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. This will serve as a framework for the middle- to long-term cooperation between the partner municipalities. The developed joint programmes of action will be presented by the municipalities in a culminating workshop to be held in Germany.
|Cölbe||Surkhang VDC, Nepal|
|Bezirk Lichtenberg||Hoan Kiem (Hanoi), Viet Nam|
|Marburg||Science City of Muñoz, Philippines|
|Wenigerode||Hoi An, Viet Nam|
ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) served as the local implementing partner for the kick-off workshop. Moving forward, ICLEI SEAS will provide support for partnerships with the Philippine municipalities particularly in extending logistical assistance to organize delegation visits and to advise in the process of designing the joint programmes of action.
The Municipal Climate Partnerships Project began its pilot phase in November 2011. Nineteen partnerships between Germany and Africa participated in the first and third phases, 14 between Germany and Latin America and the Carribbean in the second phase, and 10 between Germany and Latin America took part in the fourth phase. More than 30 projects under the established municipal climate partnerships are currently being implemented with financial assistance by Engagement Global.