On the first of September the Clima-Med’s team organised series of meetings in Jordan; the first one was held at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC) with Clima-Med Focal Point Mr. Shanaah and in the presence of Mr. Hamaza from the Ministry of Local Administrations (MoLA); it was followed by a second one in the premises of the European Union Delegation to Jordan in presence of its Director of Energy, Head of Energy, Environment and Climate Change Programs, Mr. Omar Abu Eid.
The purpose of this mission was to walk through the different steps of supporting Local Authorties (LAs) with coaching, answering queries and overcome difficulties as well as reviewing the next two months planned activities.
During these meetings, progress of the work with the municipalities was reviewed in regard to the simplified forms and tables that have been developed for the municipalities to facilitate their work in developing the Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs) through provided guidelines and examples; priority needs were identified in response to climate change risks such as resource management, and synergies between local and international programmes were raised.
The following 3 days, more meetings were held in three different towns with the participation of 17 municipalities where discussions tackled 1) the development of local capacities and engagement in the development of the SEACAPs, 2) promoting the concept of green development through foreseen workshops and 3) the subsequent evaluation process to mainstream their role.
The municipalities were provided with simplified schedules to help them assess the current situation of the cities from various aspects and promote stakeholder participation and resource management.
A “Coaching Methodology” was overviewed with the participants and helped them identifying their resources and priority needs and measures, in terms of increasing municipal capacities and turning obstacles and challenges into opportunities. The aim of Clima-Med is to proceed with more coaching support to the Local Authorities in Jordan by the end of October 2019. In terms of mainstreaming climate actions, it was agreed that it is important to invite a high-level delegation from national authorities to support the efforts made on local level.
Setting up the SEACAPs Support Mechanism (SSM) within the MoLA was also discussed as Mr. Abu Eid offered EU support in setting this unit. Also, the needs for Urban planning was raised as main priority action on local level, where Mr. Abu Eid pointed out the possibility of obtaining some funds for enhancing capacities within the MoLA to support promoting Urban planning for the municipalities.
Similarly, many suggestions were presented by some other municipalities in regard to the management of solid waste such as reducing the operation cost with long distance travel to land fill and sorting from source. it was agreed to involve the Solid Waste Management Department within MoLA, where Mr. Hamza will lead this coordination.
The closing meeting for the mission took place on September 5, at the MoPIC with representatives of MoLA, EU representatives and Clima-Med Focal Point. It was agreed in concrete terms to take quick actions involving the MoLA through synergy with other EU programmes and funds.