International Workshop Local Management of Climate Change


12/07/2019

Place: Rosario, Argentina

Organized by: Red Argentina de Municipios frente al Cambio Climático (RAMCC)

Sponsored by:  
● International Programme of Urban Cooperation, European Union – Latin America and the Caribbean (IUC-LAC)
● The Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina
● Rosario Municipality

Introduction

For a long time building sustainable cities has been an important goal of different governments and organizations. In the context of the acceleration of urbanization processes, climate change and growing inequality, this task is even more important today.

Over time, a set of definitions and concepts was elaborated in order to describe integral propositions of the new city and territorial models that would not only reduce the environmental impact of human activity but also would drive community development and quality of life improvement. In relation to the cities, some of these concepts are "sustainable", "low in carbon", "intelligent", "healthy",  "human scale", "green", “ecocity". However, despite the differences, all the modern definitions express concern about similar questions:  fomenting city recovery, controlling urban expansion, developing of sustainable resource and residue management, promoting natural and cultural heritage, improving transport accessibility and efficiency, etc., always in an integrated manner.

These concerns, as expressed above, emerge in the context of climate change acceleration that became a central challenge for humanity. This phenomenon is a result of increasing greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere caused by excessive burning of combustible fossils and other human activities related to changes in land-use. Climate change impact is evident due to global average surface temperature rise which affects every kind of world ecosystem. All this puts at risk the survival of numerous species and human systems.

As a result, according to IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), it is necessary to take immediate action to limit the increase of global average surface temperature to a much lower than 2°C and to coordinate the efforts to maintain its variation lower than 1.5°C.

In parallel, we witness an unprecedented growth of the urbanization in the world and, particularly in the Latin American region. This again puts cities in the spotlight as largest sources of greenhouse emissions where the climate change impact is more evident. This provokes an important change of governments' role in the environmental, social and economic transformations. In particular, today there is a major emphasis on the necessity of complementary contributions on different levels of government to jointly address most complex problems of modern society, including the environmental ones.

Urged by those challenges and taking into account the constant search of the communities for a major wellbeing, new agreements were signed, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement, New Urban Agenda and other agreements and global frameworks that aim to lay foundation and establish guides for resilience, inclusion, search for more compact territorial models and processes of higher citizen participation to become fundamental part of land management.

Local governments from all over the world, being conscious of this reality, are taking initiative and today lead the processes of transformation necessary for creating resilient communities in the face of  climate change. For example, coalitions to impulse and accelerate climate action were formed within the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in order to help the nations to establish new and more ambitious climate objectives for the coming years.

This Workshop proposes itself as an opportunity to build capabilities, networks and links for the public servants and committed citizens of the region to keep contributing to the resilient development against the climate change in the communities. The proposal emerges also from the conviction of the importance of interdisciplinary and experience-based peer-to-peer learning in generating local solutions to global problems.

Justification:

In our understanding, it is necessary to consider cities in a broader context. Due to their capacity for driving transformation, they deserve to be recognised as an integral part of the provincial/national/international developmental policy and world agendas. We recognize that, in order to address these questions, the involvement of multiple actors is necessary, revindicating the role of local and subnational governments as decision-makers and protagonists in the production of environmental public policies.

These new attributes imply new opportunities for local governments, but also responsibilities, having to make decisions, invest in responsible sectors of emissions in the communities (basic services, transport, construction, training, etc.) and implement works that diminish climate change impact (reduction of catastrophic risks, natural resources management, socio-economic development, etc.). This indicates an important new role to be adopted by the municipalities within the multilevel systems of governance, public policies and climate actions for the development of low carbon economies. The key to this role is the formation of agents capable of leading and sustaining the processes of planning and management of the government in the complex context that requires integral and innovative answers. This situation requires new work modalities that reflect a paradigm shift in the city management, rooted in the interdisciplinary, long term administration, collaboration and participation of all the sectors.
Therefore, there is a need for preparing both public agents and main social actors for these new paradigms, of developing new capacities, making this transition a fertile ground of opportunities for new models of relations with others and nature, an opportunity to settle the debts with a part of the population and keep improving the quality of life in the territory.

There is theoretical and conceptual development of methodologies and tools aimed at supporting this transition, often unknown to those who work on the lands and take everyday decisions. It is essential not only to provide them with these tools but also to generate spaces where they could be accompanied in the definition of implementation guidelines, with a clear practical focus on knowledge transmission. We consider of equal importance the possibility of experience exchange, given fundamentally by the diversity of participants which, in their differences, share the same vision. Finally, we consider that to sustain the processes of transition it is necessary to create a network inside and outside the territory that would generate community committed to local government leadership, that would multiply the results of individual actions through collaboration and peer support.

Background

La Red Argentina de Municipios frente al Cambio Climático - RAMCC, is an instrument of coordination and motivation of local public policies against the climate change in the cities and villages of Argentina, where their actions are coordinated, the experiences socialized and the results of the programmes of municipal development evaluated. It strives to be an instrument of technical support for local governments offering the tools necessary to build a model of sustainable development.

The RAMCC is currently constituted by 195 municipalities and Argentine communes, distributed between 17 provinces. The continuing work of RAMCC in climate management made possible for 82 of them to count with the inventory of greenhouse gases and for 7 of them to complete their Local Plan of Climate Action. In 2019, 20 more municipalities will count with their Plan, complying with the international standards. More than half of member municipalities reinforced their current commitment becoming members of Global Mayors Covenant, the largest international alliance of local governments that share long term vision of promoting and supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and build low emission and resilient society.As a result of this level of participation in the Covenant, in 2017 the RAMCC became National Coordinator of the initiative, later assuming the presidency of its National Committee.

Since its beginnings, one of the main strategies of RAMCC was to expand the capabilities of the municipal public servants and local social actors related to Climate Change, through education and creation of multidisciplinary teams in every participating municipality. In this sense, during these 10 years, RAMCC provided training, continuous knowledge updates, workshops and courses on the tools of climate planning and specific topics related to climate action. Aware of the importance of learning through experience, exchange activities with the cities abroad were developed, organizing technical visits and business meetings with political leaders, academics and city experts in other countries.  

This workshop is a new stage in the evolution of this strategy, from the technical point of view targeting the processes of planning and project management and consolidation of global networks, particularly reinforcing integrated climate action in Latin America.

The RAMCC based its working strategy on the continuous articulation with the institutions and national and international organisms. It managed to achieve current results always in coordination with local and provincial governments and supported by the institutions of such scale as CAF, BID, Fundación Avina, Programme of International Urban Cooperation of the EU, GiZ, international cooperation agencies and embassies, etc.

Objectives

General Objective

Provide tools for integral and innovative land management in order to accelerate and strengthen the transition to low carbon and resilient economies that guarantee the health and security of the citizens, their heritage and environment.

Specific Objectives

● Introduce the participants to the international agenda of development and the framework of action proposed for the local governments from the Objectives of Sustainable Development, Paris Agreement and other agreements and international commitments.
● Identify the synergies that exist between different agendas to create the cities that promote health and wellbeing of their citizenship and their environment.
● Define the processes of planning and local climate management, its stages and characteristics.
● Provide specific tools for the definition of climate projects and local climate change management.
● Learn from successful practices in order to build a foundation for the above experiences.
● Generate a common regional outlook about the issues that the territories and local governments face and the opportunities for transformations that they indicate.
● Generate links between the municipal and social actors of different countries.
● Motivate municipal and social agents to actively participate in the transition to sustainable models of their localities.

Participants
The Workshop will host up to 40 participants

Target Audience
● Mayors and Communal Presidents
● Municipal agents in the performance of their duties
● Legislators
The applications are welcome from members of civil organizations involved in the generation of public policies and public servants from other levels of government.
Application Process
The interested participants must register using the following online form. Once the registration is complete you will receive an email confirming the reception of the application.
The application will be analyzed on the subject of interests and expectations of the applicant and his/her relevance to the proposed activity. The results of the evaluation will be informed to the candidates and, in case of selection, the dates and conditions of payment will be accorded.

Schedule of activities

Sunday 8th of September – Welcome Ceremony
Comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended for this entire day.
Meeting point: Museo de la Ciudad, Wladimir Mikielievich, Bv. Oroño 2300
10.30 – Opening of the Accreditations.
11.00 – Presentation of participants.
11.30 – Calle Recreativa Rosario: permanent recreational facility. Coexistence, encounter, leisure, healthy life and physical activity for all the citizens. Presentation of the initiative in charge of the Subsecretary of Sports of Rosario. More information: here.
12.00 – Group visit of the facility Calle Recreativa. We will be able to appreciate the recreational street together. It will be possible to move on foot or by bicycle. Also, transportation will be available for those who would like to go directly to the next event.
13.00 – Lunch

15.00 – Welcome to Rosario: Walking Tour around Rosario. We will look at the city with different eyes, discovering its corners, trying to focus on the challenges and opportunities it presents for climate change management, representing other places in the region.

20.30 – Welcome Dinner

Monday 9th of September - Introduction to Climate Change

8.30 - Accreditation
9.00 – Opening ceremony
9.30 – Presentation of the activities for the following week. Day's agenda.
10.00 - Climate Change: causes and consequences.
12.00 - International context and pairing with other agendas of local development.
13.00 - Lunch
15.00 – Methodologies of Climate Planification. Stages and characteristics.
18.00 - Closing session
20.30 – Dinner

Tuesday 10th of September – Energy and Transportation

9.00 – Energy and Climate Change: Introduction
10.00 – Panel of Energy Transition Experiences
11.00 – Introduction to Circular Economy and its impact as a strategy of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
12.00 – Panel of Energy Transition Experiences
13.30 - Lunch
15.00 – Transportation and Climate Change: Introduction.
16.00 – Incubator of Transport Solutions
18.00 - Closing session
20.00 - After Office with the sciences.  Meeting space with the researchers of change and action.

Wednesday 11th of September – Climate Action in action.

9.00 – Regional Tour of Climate Action

● Forest of Constituents (Bosque de los Constituyentes) - Incorporation of nature into the urban infrastructure
● Compost Plant of Rosario City - From residue generators to land generators.
● Bio Bus experience – Public transport on photovoltaic solar energy.
● Public Bicycle System - Pedalling towards the changing modes of everyday transportation
● Mercado del Patio - Commercialization channels for local food production. Distributed generation of photovoltaic solar energy.
20.30 - Dinner with decision-makers. Meeting space of politicians and public servants.

Thursday 12th of September - Adaptation to Climate Change
9.30 - Workshop: Climate change on the ground: projections of climate trends and mapping of their consequences. Adaptation based on nature.
11.30 – Panel of adaptation experiences.
13.00 – Lunch
14.00 – Visits to the countryside: Experiences of resilience. Agroecological Production in Rosario.
16.00 – Introduction to Climate Finance.
17.00 - Climate Change and Health.
19.00 – Closing session
20.30 – Dinner with entrepreneurs. Meeting spaces with the private sector working on climate action and contributing innovative solutions.

Friday 13th of September - Climate Finance
9.00 – Workshop: Fundable Projects: hunting for investors.
11.00 – Panel: Innovation in climate finance.
12.00 - Panel: Successful cases in Climate Finance
13.00 – Lunch
15.00 – Municipal articulation for projects' funding. Collective projects and RAMCC Trust.
16.00 – Closing activity: cities we dream of.
17.30 – Awarding of certificates and final words.
18.00 – Closing Session.
19.00 – Optional activity: Opening of Event "Happy Cities". More information here.
20.30 – Farewell Dinner

Saturday, 14th of September - Urban Intervention
Optional day. The activities form part of the event "Happy Cities".
9.30 - Urban intervention for raising community awareness on climate change in the framework of "Happy Cities" event.
12.30 - Lunch and closing session.

Fees
Participant from Argentina: AR$ 40.000 (Argentinian pesos)
RAMCC member municipalities count with a special discount of 25%.
Foreign participants: US$ 1.500 (US dollars)

The fees include:
● Accommodation in double basis in 3-star Hotel "Superior"
● Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
● All the recreational activities included in the programme.
● Transfers from the hotel to different locations of the activities.