As major energy consumers and heavy GHG emitters, cities must address their local GHG emissions in order provide better quality of life to their citizens, better manage their urban planning by adopting mitigation and adaptation measures and join the effort to tackle climate change.
The negative impacts of climate change affect cities in various ways, making them more socially, environmentally and economically vulnerable, considering for example: loss of life, infrastructure destruction, floodings, displacement, unemployment etc. The trends of natural and extreme events are increasing as the temperatures hit record-peaks each year. Cities must incorporate the 'climate lens' in their planning and implementation of public policies in order to better prepare and respond to these challenges.
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ICLEI South America’s “First steps for local action” GHG emissions inventories online training addresses the initial phases for cities to start acting on climate. It offers local authorities introductory concepts of the challenges cities are facing with climate change and guides them through practical guidelines to tackle the problem, based on the GreenClimateCities (GCC) methodology. To support autonomy and leadership in cities, the training also highlighted the technologies available to support GHG emissions evaluation and analysis, through Clearpath and CLIMAS platforms, and showcased testimonies from cities who have already started or succeed in the process.
These online trainings have been held since 2016, but in 2018 it was the first time it was available in a new and dynamic format online.The training was offered to the local staff of all South American ICLEI members during a period of 5-weeks course, comprised of informative videos, supplemental reading resources, live webinars with specialists, quizzes and remote support.
As a result of the training, local government representatives have a better understanding of the challenge they have ahead of them and will be able to conduct the GCC methodology in an independent way, with ICLEI’s support.