Awareness Raising Workshops for Regional Groupings of Sub-national Authorities

UNEP activities under the project Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC); UN Partnership with sub-national authorities Towards Lower Carbon and Climate Change Resilient Territories were completed and the project closed on 31 December 2013.

During the course of 2010-2013, the TACC initiative supported a series of awareness raising activities led by UNEP in collaboration with sub-regional groupings. The participatory workshops organized in amongst others Uganda, Thailand, Albania, Egypt, Uruguay, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Belarus as part of the project, trained over 400 representatives of sub-national authorities from around 60 countries. The workshops targeted sub-national and local authorities to acquire knowledge and capacity to identify risks and opportunities related to climate change at the territorial level. They had the objective to catalyze the design of integrated climate change policies within national plans, based on sound knowledge and science, and to identify funding mechanisms to assist the sub-national authorities’ climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

Needs Assessment Survey

In 2010 in preparation of the series of awareness raising workshop, a needs assessment survey was undertaken among more than 100 sub-national authorities in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South and South-east Asia, the Balkan Region, Ukraine, Armenia and Central Asia. The outcome of the survey indicates generally low to medium levels of awareness on climate change issues and the need for awareness raising and training for sub-national authorities.

Awareness Raising and Training Workshops

The following awareness raising and training workshops for groupings of sub-national authorities have to date been organized:

Topics covered in the workshop include the following

  • The international climate change policy framework and its implications for national, sub-national and local level action;
  • General causes and effects of climate change and how to access sources of credible scientific information;
  • Objectives, benefits and methods of developing an Integrated Territorial Climate Plan within a coherent multi-level governance framework;
  • Sources and mechanisms of financing available to support sub-national action on climate change;
  • Approaches and methods to foster sustained capacity development in sub-national and local authorities.

TACC Training Modules

In response to the needs assessment, and in support of the workshops for sub-national authorities, UNEP and UNITAR have prepared a comprehensive set of training modules in English. The Russian language versions were specifically tailored for the workshop organized in Belarus in June 2013 and are therefore not a full translation of the general modules. The modules cover the following topics:

  • Module 1: Introduction to a Territorial Approach to Climate Change  [Power Point  ENG, RUS]
  • Module 2: Climate Change Science, Causes and Impacts  [Power Point ENG, RUS]
  • Module 3: International Climate Change Policy Framework  [Power Point ENG, RUS]
  • Module 4: Adapting to Climate Change  [Power Point  ENG, RUS]
  • Module 5: Mitigating Climate Change  [Power Point ENG, RUS]
  • Module 6: Integrated Planning and Governance to Address Climate Change [Power Point ENG, RUS]
  • Module 7: Sources of Financing to Address Climate Change  [Power Point ENG, RUS]
  • Module 8: Strengthening Information Exchange and Taking Action  [Power Point ENG, RUS]