During a crucial year for the global climate agenda that culminated in the Paris Agreement at COP21 in France, city governments positioned themselves as leaders in climate action. Latin America was no exception, where numerous local governments adopted commitments and created plans for climate action. Throughout the year, cities like Quito in Ecuador and Rosario and Bariloche in Argentina adopted policies and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Fundación Avina worked with the governments of these three cities in several different ways. In Quito, which called for the reduction of the city’s carbon footprint as part of its Plan Metropolitano de Desarrollo y Ordenamiento Territorial (Metropolitan Land Planning and Management Plan), Avina worked with the Municipal Secretary of Environment on building a carbon offset program, providing strategic input and brokering relationships with the private sector.
Rosario and Bariloche, which are members of Red Argentina de Municipios frente al Cambio Climático (Argentine Network of Municipalities Facing Climate Change – RAMCC), approved ordinances related to municipal climate change management. Within the context of Fundación Avina’s working relationship with RAMCC, which has about 100 members, the cities’ commitments to address climate change gained visibility and contributed to the Lima-Paris Action Agenda.
Both the political commitments on the global level and the adoption of policies and plans on the local level laid the groundwork for building inclusive, resilient, and low-emission cities. The implementation of these commitments and policies on the ground, through collaborative and dynamic methods, will be key to solidifying the progress made to date.
Principal Allies: Quito Municipal Secretary of Environment, Red Argentina de Municipios frente al Cambio Climático
Countries Impacted: Argentina, Ecuador