SEA holds a transformative climate change mitigation course with DEA's Local Government Support Programme

In February 2017, SEA under the V-LED project, together with DEA and GIZ held a training course for DEA’s Local Government Support Programme to strengthen their climate change mitigation response actions, and develop an inclusive work plan to support municipal climate action.

In February 2017, SEA together with DEA and GIZ held a training course for DEA’s Local Government Support Programme. The purpose was to build capacity of LGS in strengthening their climate change mitigation response actions, and to develop a DEA work plan to support local government climate action. An ideal work plan should be comprehensive, accessible, practical and relevant to work on the ground which municipalities can follow.
The training took place in Joburg at a historical site known as Liliesleaf Farm. It was at this farm that the top leaders of the ANC were arrested in 1963 and then tried under the Rivonia Trial. The venue was enticing, allowed participants to have a moment of reflection on the history, encouraging transformation, change, networking and dialogues.
The nature of the training was focused on dialogue, networking, reflections, and discussions. The first day presented the overview of SA’s climate change response where national DEA and SALGA outlined their roles in the climate change action space, and a facilitated panel discussion considering examples of two municipalities and one province that have mainstreamed CC mitigation response into their mandates and functions. The second day was based on interactive discussions amongst participants within their cluster groups;
1. Ready group – municipalities and metros that have demonstrated progress in implementation.
2. Ready in 2 years group – municipalities that have shown progress but require interventions.
3. Ready in 5 years group – municipalities that have little or no progress in implementation.
There were constructive and productive discussions from these cluster groups and what emerged strongly were the challenges facing municipalities in capacity and communication, M & E reporting tools and need for political buy-in.
To assist in the discussions and development of the work plan there were three expert inputs on communication and awareness, capacity building and institutional support and access to financial support – all of which helped guide participants on how to navigate these challenges.
To what seemed to be a productive and interactive training, the training was able to achieve its objectives and the Work Plan was developed and finalized with the participants. This training marked an example of an all-inclusive decision making process, coordination with all levels of government, and these are vital towards transitioning to climate-resilient future.

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment; Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)