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Indonesia: Palembang Held a Virtual Meeting on Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into the City’s Development Plan

Indonesia: Palembang Held a Virtual Meeting on Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into the City’s Development Plan

Climate change poses a risk to development as there can be trade-offs between them, particularly when the two are considered separately. Progressively, countries are recognizing the importance of supporting climate change adaptation with an integrated, cross-cutting policy approach. In this respect, on October 15th IUC Asia Helpdesk and CCROM participated in a virtual discussion to […]

Indonesia: Palembang Sets the Adaptation Goal

Indonesia: Palembang Sets the Adaptation Goal

Palembang has reached a new milestone; they have been processing the final draft of the Climate Change Adaption Plan, with support from CCROM under IUC Asia framework. The document includes a vulnerability and climate risk assessment, identified goals and objectives, and adaptation strategies. On 14 October, a meeting with city stakeholders was arranged to review […]

Vietnam: Tam Ky Shares Vision to Moving to a Low Emission and Climate Resilient Future

Vietnam: Tam Ky Shares Vision to Moving to a Low Emission and Climate Resilient Future

Given the magnitude of climate change impacts on the natural environment, development and infrastructure, economy, and public health in the region, it is imperative that climate change mitigation and adaptation are adequately addressed at the City Level. Local authorities will play a key role to combat climate change by developing climate action plans to reduce […]

Welcome to Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Covenant of Mayors Asia

The Regional Covenant of Mayors in Asia helps coordinate and support engagement with participating cities. It encourages climate action at the local level and helps build a community of committed signatories around it.

Whatever the size or location of their jurisdiction, the mayors and local leaders in this alliance stand ready to take concrete measures with long-term impact to tackle the interconnected challenges of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and access to sustainable energy.

GCoM Program Challenges

Adaptation to climate change

Adopting an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation ensures consistency of actions, creates synergies and co-benefits, increases cost-efficiency, and helps avoid maladaptation. For more information on how to create a truly integrated approach and address the inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation, check out this short article and this explanation on Climate-ADAPT.

Climate Change Mitigation

The GCoM signatory cities and local governments act to voluntarily meet targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions (or low emission development targets) for their whole community, identify climate risks and vulnerabilities, and implement mitigation and adaptation measures.

In addition, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy also aims to address increased access to sustainable energy.

Access to clean Energy

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fostering Local Climate Resilience: The Global Covenant of Mayors emphasizes the importance of climate change mitigation (also referred to as low emission development for the Global South) and adaptation to a changing climate, as well as increased access to sustainable energy.

Cities and local governments committing to the GCoM as of 1 January 2017 will need to establish a target covering the territory of the local authority for GHG emissions reductions, make a commitment to tackle climate change adaptation and resilience, and increased access to clean and affordable energy.

Cities and local governments should strive to set targets that are at least as ambitious, and preferably more ambitious, than their respective government’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. Further, they need to be in line with National Adaptation Plans (where these exist), and be consistent with the principles around energy access and urban sustainability embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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