In partnership with Libélula, LEDS LAC Secretariat, over 70 government representatives from 26 Latin American states and regions across Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, and Perú are taking part in a new virtual training series led by the Climate Pathway Project.
The series, which began in September 2020 and will run until March 2021, delivers on the project's goal of sharing knowledge, peer learning and replicating best practice among project regions and the wider Under2 Coalition network.
With an aim of exploring the challenges, technical resources and financial instruments needed to develop a pathway to decarbonisation, the series has welcomed state experts and government officials to give participants an insight into what their pathway could look like, and how to deliver it successfully.
These included the Director General of the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Natural Areas in Quintana Roo, Rafael Robles Benito, who tweeted, "modelling scenarios and evaluating impacts allows [us to discuss] how an action has repercussions in other areas, and determine synergies".
Dr. Jairo Quirós-Tortós, Researcher at the Costa Rican School of Electrical Engineering, also attended. He shared insight on the economic benefits of Costa Rica’s Decabonisation Plan, tweeting that it will "[provide] 20.6 thousand MUS$ of net economic benefits for Costa Rica, from 2020 to 2050". He advocates a "green recovery based on renewables and public transport (as well as actions based on nature and circular economy)” as a “necessary” post-COVID-19 effort.
In addition to discussing topical issues such as green recovery and vision-setting, at the end of the series participants will complete an initial concept note to guide the development of a pathway for their region.
During the first training session in September, participants were asked to describe the biggest challenges that they’d have to face to create a decarbonisation trajectory. Some of the most common responses included collaborating with different institutions and levels of government, financing green technology, gaining political support from their respective national governments, and integrating both public and private sector views.
To foster collaboration, public-private alliance models have been presented as an opportunity to achieve carbon neutrality by taking advantage of the strength and resources of each sector. For Quintana Roo, modelling scenarios and evaluating and discussing the impacts of actions across all sectors of the economy is the main tool to make decarbonisation an overarching objective that cuts across sectoral policies.
The importance of developing a decarbonisation pathway was also highlighted, with participants agreeing that climate change is an issue that must be acted on with urgency, and that action taken at the subnational level can support the achievement of national climate targets.
The third training session, which took place on 12 November, covered recommendations for planning and developing a successful decarbonisation pathway and featured speakers from the Government of Querétaro alongside project partners Libélula, The Center for Climate Strategies and Winrock International.