M. Idris El-Rifi Temsemani, Vice President of Tangier municipality, held a meeting on Friday, January 31, 2020, at the municipality’s headquarters to discuss cooperation options on climate and energy projects. The meeting took place in parallel of the training session organized within the framework of the EU funded project “Clima-Med—Acting for the Climate in the South Mediterranean” in Tangier to strengthen the capacities of partner cities in Morocco for the preparation of their Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs).

The meeting took place in the presence of Mr. Jean François Moret, representing the the European Union in Morocco, Clima-Med’s key expert for the Maghreb region, Ms. Amel Makhlouf, Ms. Fatima Zahra El Ghabi, Clima-Med Office manager for Maghreb, as well as Ms. Najwa Aknin, head of the Planning and Programming Department, who also took part in the training session.

It was the right opportunity to invite the municipality of Tangier in joining the Clima-Med project and adhering to the Covenant of Mayors for the Mediterranean initiative (CoM-Med), thus allowing the municipality to benefit from the support of Clima-Med for the preparation of its Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAP).

The meeting also made it possible for the municipality’s representatives to present a set of projects from the Municipal Action Plan that require funding in order to be completed. The municipality will prepare detailed action fiches for the projects involved which will be presented by the project to international donors, among others.

The Clima-Med project focuses on supporting sustainable energy policies and strategies at both national and local levels. The team of experts is also providing technical assistance in formulating and implementing each municipality’s Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAP) in line with the principles of the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM), and which should in turn help define concrete actions to be implemented by local authorities in the Southern Neighborhood countries. The financing of Climate actions will help facilitate investments and will allow beneficiary countries to have a better access to financing mechanisms in order to enable the implementation of actions both locally and at the national level.