Kitakyushu Urban Centre
Pilot Training Workshop: “Climate Change Strategies for Local Governments: Low-Carbon City Policy Development and Implementation”
From 27 November 2017 to 1 December 2017, a pilot training workshop on the theme of “Climate Change Strategies for Local Governments: Low-Carbon City Policy Development and Implementation” was organised in Osaka City and Amagasaki City, Japan, as part of a project on “Strengthening of City-to-City Collaboration Toward Development of Low Carbon Society” funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.
Officials from four Southeast Asian cites gathered in Japan to share the experiences of Japanese local governments focusing on the common theme of environmental issues that many Asian cities are facing today. The workshop aims not only to provide ideas and cues for solving the current problems but also pave the way for long-term problem-solving through facilitating city-to-city collaboration with Japanese cities and Asian cities. A similar training workshop was held in Kitakyushu City on the theme of municipal solid waste management in January 2017.
As a result of increasing international concerns on the threat of global warming, at the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC-COP21) held in Paris in December 2015, international communities adopted the “Paris Agreement” which includes long-term goals to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement also highlighted the importance of “Non-State Actors”including the local governments, in global climate efforts. With a greater momentum for respecting the vital roles of Non-State Actors, there is a growing expectations for cities in developing nations to develop and implement their climate change action plan. However, many cities have just begun such efforts or will be starting them from now. On the other hand, many Japanese cities experienced major pollution problems and various resource constraints (e.g. oil shock) during the rapid economic growth between the 1960s-1980s but they overcame those challenges and managed to transform into low-carbon and resilient cities by maintaining a balance between environment conservation and economic growth.
Therefore, this workshop was designed to maximise the learning on what it means for the local government to tackle the climate change so that the participants can apply the knowledge to develop and implement their own climate action plan. The workshop has thus covered practical experiences and knowledge including how Japanese cities are actually developing their climate change action plans, ensuring to translate the plans into actions, and carrying out monitoring and evaluation of GHG emissions. In addition, in order to enhance the learning process, various programmes including lectures, site visits and discussions are combined. At the end of the workshop, the participants prepared and presented their action plans, translating their ideas into context for potential implementation in their respective municipality.
Kind support was provided by Osaka City and Amagasaki City for hosting the workshop, and by Toyama City and Toyota City for providing lectures, etc.
|Date||27 November 2017 – 1 December 2017|
|Location||Osaka City (27 November 2017 – 1 December 2017)
Amagasaki City (30 November 2017)
|Organizers||Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
|Number of participants||7 participants from 4 cities in 3 countries participated in the workshop:
|Theme||Climate Change Strategies for Local Governments: Low-Carbon City Policy Development and Implementation|
Textbook (Practice and Experience of Addressing Climate Change in Japan) (161KB)