States from Mexico’s southern regions shared experiences and created synergies regarding mitigation of and adaptation to climate change by contributing to the commitments proposed by Mexico in its NDC.
In order to augment Mexico’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and accomplish the goals aspired to, trained staff is required in the states which develop and implement measures for mitigating and adapting to climate change. These measures must have impacts that are significant and measurable as well as financially feasible.
To that end, the Mexican government, through its Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT in its Spanish-language acronym) and the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, have continued to strengthen capacities in the country’s regions. On November 23 and 24, 2017, the Third Regional Workshop of the South-Southeastern Region was held in the city of Merida, Yucatan State. The title of the workshop was “Strengthening Sub-National Capacities and their Contributions to the Nationally Determined Contribution”.
The workshop included participation from representatives of six states: Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, and Yucatan, in addition to representatives from civic organizations and academic bodies, as well as government officials from delegation of SEMARNAT in Yucatan and from the agency’s central offices. All in all, 35 participants attended, including the Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment of Yucatan (SEDUMA) and the Under Secretary of Environmental Planning and Policies of SEMARNAT.
The event provided a dynamic space for discussion, enabling the participating states to present their success stories and to share experiences and lessons learned. It also allowed them to create synergies in the Mexican south-southeastern regions in order to duplicate projects that have had a positive impact and to utilize resources efficiently and effectively.
This was the third of four workshops that are planned to be held in Mexico’s interior regions in 2017. With this event, 60% of the states have been trained to enable them to contribute to fulfilling the NDC.
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