Local governments undergo series of capacity building workshops for One Planet City Challenge

OPCC participating cities during workshops evaluating their ecomobility strengths and weakenesses.

Ten Philippine cities qualified for the 2017-2018 One Planet City Challenge (OPCC), a global challenge by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) urging cities to report ambitious and innovative climate actions. As partner for the OPCC, ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) provided capacity building workshops and technical assistance for the ten participating cities from Luzon represented by Makati City, Pasig City, Parañaque City, and Batangas City; Catbalogan City and San Carlos City for Visayas; and Davao City, Zamboanga City, and Tagum City for Mindanao.

Since the inception of OPCC, previously called Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC), WWF has partnered with ICLEI through its carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), a global reporting platform for local and subnational climate action where participating cities will report relevant data, plans, and actions.

An initial OPCC Updating Workshop was conducted for the previous 2015-2016 EHCC participating cities: San Carlos, Parañaque, and Makati on June 14 and June 29 for Naga; whereas, for the six new OPCC cities, a more in-depth training program was developed to tailor-fit their needs. The OPCC team from WWF and ICLEI SEAS visited each of the six new participating cities and conducted a series of training-workshops throughout the month of July. ICLEI SEAS trained relevant local government officials and personnel as well as key stakeholders on the basics of climate change science, basic concepts of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, calculation of community-level GHG emissions, and the use of the cCR platform.

Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan welcomes the participants and urges for stronger partnership towards climate actions and overall sustainable development during the OPCC Training-Workshop held on July 6-8 at Catbalogan City, Eastern Samar.

Further, with OPCC’s thematic focus on sustainable transport and mobility, ICLEI SEAS also provided a workshop on the conduct of a city-level ecomobility performance assessment based on the ICLEI-developed Ecomobility SHIFT Scheme. The simplified ecomobility performance assessment tool enables cities to measure their current transport performance and identify strengths and weaknesses in public transportation and provision of sustainable transportation options by assessing a set of indicators. This assessment is highly evidence-based and can be conducted independently by the city in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

Reporting period for OPCC runs from 15 March till 29 September. An international jury of experts tasked to select the most outstanding cities will review submissions from over 25 countries. Finalists of the OPCC will be announced within the second quarter of 2018. Special mention will also be given to cities which presented impressive plans and actions on sustainable transport solutions.

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