With the aim of keeping on promoting the relations among Argentinian local Governments , RAMCC received from August 27th until August 29th a committee of 27 Officials from Uruguay together with the Municipality of Rosario.
Representatives from Paysandú, Canelones, Montevideo, Rivera, Progreso, Tranquera, Colonia and Las Piedras participated in this mission within the frame of the so-called project NAP ciudades, Uruguayan initiative to carry out a strategy for climate change adaptation in cities and facilities in a wider strategic agenda regarding sustainability.
This initiative will be developed in the course of 3 years, led by the Mvo-ma working jointly with the Sistema Nacional de Respuesta al Cámbio Climático, Comisión Asesora de Ordenamiento Territorial, Oficina de Planeamiento y Presupuesto, Sistema Nacional de Emergencias, Congreso de Intendentes and Agencia Uruguaya de Cooperación Internacional.
The funding of NAP Ciudades comes from a donation from the Programa Preparatorio del Fondo Verde para el Clima (FVC) agreed on during the Paris Summit and it is administered by the UN Programme for Development.
In the frame of the project, RAMCC enabled together with Fundación Indra from Uruguay, the exchange between local and national officials from the Eastern Strip (Banda Oriental) and the local and provincial teams from Rosario and Santa Fe province, linked to the mobility, energy, environment and public space, planning and social economy areas. Simultaneously, the technical teams from RAMCC have talked about the development in the local planning regarding climate actions that have been carried out in different cities in Argentina.
On the last day, an interesting exchange of experiences took place with a group of Communal Intendants and Presidents from Argentina. The Intendant from Pérez, Pablo Corsalini, and the Communal Presidents from Coronel Dominguez, Mónica Villegas, from Soldini, Alejandro Luciani and from Correa, Fabián Cejas participated in the meeting.
Finally, the delegation was received by Rosario’s Intendant, Mónica Fein, who pointed out the importance of the works carried out by RAMCC and said “Beyond the role national governments have, there is a role from the local governments to promote the idea that the smaller municipalities can work coordinating politics. RAMCC is an excellent exchange, learning and commitment experience since it implies taking responsibilities. Of course, wider municipalities have the possibility of a larger quantity of technical teams and more strides regarding some aspects but, at the same time, smaller ones have a relationship with the community that allows them installing innovative actions with a more direct contact. That is to say, that we learn from eachother”.
“RAMCC has grown and we are pleased because there is no other kind of experience like this one, which is carried out horizontally and in which we work among municipalities. The truth is that it is very satisfactory. Nowadays we face a challenge that consists of looking for funding and tools to keep on strengthening local governments. It is important to mention that RAMCC includes all political parties, which is a part of understanding that institutional quality consists in including all the political points of view in this specific matter about climate change” she added.
Translator: Sofía Degraf