Participants of the workshop discussed priority areas and thematic focus of their joint program of action.
Five municipalities from Germany, Philippines, and Vietnam convened on 2-4 May 2018 at the Lichtenberg District of Berlin for the concluding international workshop of the 5th Phase of the Municipal Climate Partnerships project.
The project has forged the following partnerships between German and Asian cities:
- Herdecke and Dumangas, Philippines
- Ebhausen and Lubang, Philippines,
- Marburg and Muñoz, Philippines
- Wernigerode and Hoi An, Vietnam
- Bezirk Lichtenberg and Hoan Kiem of Hanoi, Vietnam
The municipalities presented their joint program of action to address climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM). Common themes which emerged were renewable energy, community awareness on climate change, sustainable mobility, and environmental education.
The participants also visited the Lichtenberg District’s Malchow Nature Centre to learn how the district is promoting environmental education and the University of Applied Sciences to know more about their solar energy projects.
During the workshop, the participants also discussed ways to intensify cooperation among their municipalities and to identify more effective means of communication. The municipalities brainstormed on how they can devise a system to accelerate the decision-making process and undertake strategies to reach medium to long-term goals.
To help the partner municipalities implement the activities identified in their joint program of action, the Service Agency/Engagement Global offered funding mechanism that the municipalities can access. One of these is the Partnership Projects for Sustainable Local Development (NaKoPa)- a funding facility of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) coursed through Service Agency/Engagement Global. Other support such as human resources and youth exchanges were also explored.
The Municipal Climate Partnership laid the foundation for a long-term, constructive, and systematic cooperation between partner municipalities. Through the project, the partner municipalities were able to exchange knowledge, learn from each other’s best practices, and explore climate change with an integrated and holistic lens.
The Municipal Climate Partnerships project is implemented by the Engagement Global’s Service Communities in One World (SKEW) and the North Rhine Westphalian Working Party on Agenda 21 (LAG21 NRW) and commissioned by BMZ since 2011. ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat is the partner organization in the Philippines.