Strengthened institutions for a sustainable climate – A global capacity building programme The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) is responsible for a capacity building programme targeting governmental institutions on climate mitigation and adaptation and sustainable urbanisation. Share Contact Listen The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has in close collaboration with several Swedish agencies, as well as national and international organisations, developed a capacity building programme addressing the challenges of climate change and unsustainable urbanisation. The programme is funded by Sida and will run for an initial 4-year period (2019 – 2022). The programme The programme will support the development of robust transparency systems (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) under the Paris Agreement and processes for inclusive and sustainable urban planning. In doing so the programme aims to support the implementation of the partner countries’ national plans and contribute to the implementation of the Paris agreement, especially National Determined Contributions, the New Urban Agenda as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. An overall focus is on good governance and how institutions can be strengthened to better meet the challenges of policy development and implementation. Starting in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe, with the aim to broaden it to other countries/regions, the programme will strive for long term cooperation between the Swedish organisers and the partner countries. The programme was launched in February 2019 in Kampala, Uganda with a workshop focusing on further developing plans for the projects linked to the programme. Focus areas Climate change and data collection and production Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time and its negative effects undermine all countries possibilities to achieve a sustainable development. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of its long-term goals. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. A key result of the Paris Agreement negotiations was the establishment of an enhanced transparency framework for tracking and reporting the progress of existing and future country commitments. To follow up the NDCs there is a need to collect data on a continuous basis. With better data the possibilities of making more informed decisions are enhanced and reporting within the Paris agreement will be improved. The countries will be able to better choose their actions, apply for funding of measures and follow up on changes due to measures. Hence, one of the purposes of the programme is to contribute to better official statistics of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in the partner countries. The Paris agreement Climate change and urbanisation Urbanisation is a strong trend globally, and especially in Africa. The urban population in Africa is estimated to increase to 1,3 billion people in 2050, from 471 million in 2015. This will result in large greenhouse gas emissions from the construction processes but also from energy used in the cities. Cities will also be struck hard by climate change, with consequences such as flooding and lack of clean water. Considering this, it is of great importance that future and existing cities are developed in a way that minimizes their climate footprint and makes them as resilient to climate change as possible. It is also key that urban planning processes are inclusive and fair; making sure that urban dwellers are meaningfully engaged in city planning. As pointed out in the New Urban Agenda: If well-planned and well-managed, urbanisation can be a powerful tool for sustainable development for both developing and developed countries. The new Urban agenda Capacity development for institutional process enhancement The programme is tailored to enhance the capacity of individuals and organisations involved and contributes to improvement of the enabling environment of the organisations. To meet the challenges regarding climate and urbanisation, the programme will contribute to: enhanced data production and analysis, processes for inclusive urban planning with a climate and ecosystem perspective as well as data collection, enhanced transparency of data and processes, improved coordination and cooperation among relevant actors. Activities The programme activities are set out in three parallel tracks: A series of regional workshops on cross-cutting themes relevant to the participating countries’ ongoing processes and projects. Continuous coaching of projects. Participation in international and national workshops and other relevant activities. The programme is flexible and adaptive and will be adjusted according to needs in partner countries. All participants will further develop and implement projects for change. The projects will be supported during the programme through coaching and exchange of experiences. It is thus built on colleague to colleague interaction between participating countries. Themes in ongoing projects are: Development of transparency systems (MRV, processes for data collection, greenhouse gas inventories) Climate adaptation (action plans, impact of climate change, disaster risk reduction, tree planting, gender aspects), Urbanisation (planning, stakeholder involvement, slum upgrading, environment, buildings, air pollution, transport, waste and green economy) Agenda 2030 The programme takes its starting point in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Particularly the following goals are of importance for the program. - Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, - Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and - Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels Agenda 2030 and The Global Goals Partners The Swedish implementing partners in this programme are The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Statistics Sweden, The Swedish Energy Agency, The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning. The programme is linked to activities under the Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement.