ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.
Founded in 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, is an international organization of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.
Yucatan becomes a meeting place for the creation and implementation of climate action plans.
Participatory governance strategies created by the state administration have captured the interest of international bodies to include the State of Yucatan in cross-sectoral dialogue schemes, aimed at solving environmental challenges in an inclusive and collaborative manner, such as the Greenhouse Gases (GHG) inventory.
This was announced during the technical meeting for the elaboration of Climate Action Plans for Jalisco, Baja California and Yucatán. At this forum, held in our state, it was explained that the Yucatán is collaborating with the International Agency known as ICLEI (for its acronym in English), to promote an agenda of concrete actions aimed at environmental care and preservation.
The objective is to advance in the application and adaptation of mitigating measures to the effects of climate change, together with the guidance of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, and the involving of the three levels of government, Yucatán has raised its hand to actively participate in the resolution of this global challenge.
“We must join forces with municipal, state, federal, regional and international institutions to support municipal territories in mitigating climate change, developing short and long-term plans,” said Sayda Rodríguez Gómez, head of the State Secretariat of Sustainable Development.
She also explained that the Secretariat of Urban Development and Environment is working closely with ICLEI to help the municipalities join this process, from their jurisdiction, to take care of the environment, either adapting their actions or linking their objectives with the Municipal and State Development Plans, as well as with the General Law of Climate Change and the National Strategy of the item.
In this meeting, the guidelines were set out to ensure a specific coordination between the Federal and State governments with the municipalities, in order to identify the channels, mechanisms and other aspects to improve in the preparation of a GHG inventory in each of the states that are part of the “Climate Footprint” plan.
The construction of this instrument on a different scale, whether national, state or local, is a task that requires a multisectoral and interdisciplinary effort between different actors, including governments, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and research centers, which guarantee before the international authorities, attention to this global challenge.
Based on well-defined information and indicators, work lines will be defined towards the most urgent needs and sources of financing will be accessed in order to address these issues.
The Yucatan Times Newsroom with information from the State Secretariat of Sustainable Development
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