EUROCLIMA+ concludes the training course "Preparing the development of Long-Term Climate Strategies (LTCS) in Latin America"

With the presentation of a proposal for the creation of a Latin American Network for Long-Term Climate Planning by EUROCLIMA+

the training course came to an end.

Santiago de Chile, 4 November 2021. The training course "Preparing the development of Long-Term Climate Strategies (LTCS) in Latin America", implemented by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) under the framework of the EUROCLIMA+ Programme, ended on 22 October, The aim was to strengthen the technical and methodological competences of Latin American countries for the development and implementation of their Long-Term Climate Strategies (LTCS), in coordination with their national commitments reflected in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

It should be noted that this training course was part of the initiative "Regional Collaboration on transparency and fulfilment of Nationally Determined Contributions and capacity building for Long Term Climate Strategies", in which Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Uruguay participate, and which is jointly implemented by the agencies the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH, and UN Environment.

Benefiting a total of 37 participants from 15 countries in the region, the training course was held from 28 September to 20 October and included six synchronous sessions, asynchronous activities and one task per country, which were divided into three thematic modules. The first module focused on the design and elaboration of a long-term vision and its link with the NDCs; the second focused on the formulation of long-term sectoral plans and targets for NDC completion; while the third and last module reviewed climate action planning in cities with a long-term vision. Each week, two meetings of the same module were held, where expert panellists were invited to the session to speak and generate a space for conversation and an exchange of visions, questions, and ideas regarding the LTCSs. This multi-country course was an opportunity for all participants to learn about new perspectives, work within government and the state of climate policies and instruments in Latin America and the Caribbean, generating opportunities to share the climate agenda of their respective countries. They also reflected on challenges and opportunities, as well as the need to continue strengthening the institutional framework at the country level and technical capacities for promoting climate action in the region.

To conclude the training course, a closing session was held on 22 October, jointly organised by the ECLAC, FIIAPP, GIZ, and UN Environment agencies, in which the EUROCLIMA+ National Focal Points were invited to participate and in which INTPA and the course participants were also present. In this activity the 4 implementing agencies presented the results of the Studies, Exchanges and Training Events carried out in the framework of the joint initiative, which constitute a starting point and an opportunity for cooperation between the countries of the region so that they can establish a joint path to achieve a long-term vision (2050) for Latin America and the Caribbean in climate terms. In addition, and based on this work, the countries were invited to discuss the proposal to form a Latin American Network for Long-Term Climate Planning, which would facilitate capacity building in long-term climate planning, through training, exchanges, dissemination of studies and best practices, and communities of practice, as well as fostering regional collaboration in this subject. It is also expected that the Network will be able to generate technical guidelines to inform the decisions of the participating governments in the internal and multilateral management of the LTCSs, providing inputs in the framework of its work programme.

Review the presentation at the link here: LINK

As next steps, in the following weeks and months of this year, the proposal for the creation of this Network will be shared with all the countries participating in EUROCLIMA+ and the hope is to have a constructive dialogue between the countries to achieve its consolidation, which will allow a consensus to be reached on the minimum contents of a LTCS (logical frameworks, objectives, instruments to be included, decisions to be reported, etc.), and thus standardise the work of the countries involved.

At the end of the activity all participants were invited to join us at COP26 in the EUROCLIMA+ Pavilion and at an event to be held by the initiative. You can find the details at the following link 

Panellists

Andrea Palma, Advisor at the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) – Global Project “Cities Fit for Climate Change”

Carlos Benavides, Energy Centre, University of Chile

Carolina Useche, Advisor on Adaptation E2050 Colombia, Expertise France

Diana Ramírez, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann, Leipzig, Germany

Estefanía Lurashi, Associate, 2050 Pathways Platform

Fabiana Menna, Gran Chaco Foundation

Jordan Harris, Programme Coordinator of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy for the Americas.

 Marta Torres, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

About EUROCLIMA+

EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union and co-financed by the German federal government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as by the governments of France and Spain. It aims to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean by promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation, resilience and investment.

The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Expertise France (EF), the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH, and the UN Environment Programme.

EUROCLIMA letra blanca peqEUROCLIMA+ is the European Union's flagship programme on environmental sustainability and climate change with Latin America. It aims to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in Latin America by promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation through resilience and investment. 
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