On December 7-8, 2015, V-LED held an inception workshop and its first vertical dialogue event on climate action for low emission development (LED) in Manila. This marked the official launch of the V-LED project in the Philippines.
The success of a global response to climate change depends to a large extent on coordinated action at multiple levels. However, in spite of national climate strategies being in place, few countries have established dynamic vertical policy coordination mechanisms. At the same time, much is happening at the local level. In the Philippines, local governments are mainstreaming climate action into their development plans but need support for putting plans into practice. It is hence crucial to strengthen local governments’ climate actions and vertically link them to national programmes and policies.
Against this backdrop, the V-LED project brought together representatives from national, provincial and local governments in a workshop and a vertical dialogue event on 7-8 December 2015 in Manila. The events were convened by UN-Habitat Philippines in partnership with adelphi, and supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
Capacity building and coordination identified as key for LED
During the initiation workshop, V-LED partners and stakeholders came together to discuss low-emission development initiatives in the Philippine context and identified future areas of work – especially on capacity development that would support scaling up current LED projects, as well as initiate new support initiatives.
Key challenges identified during the workshop, included the need for technical capacity building on low emission development for national and local government agencies and units. Coordination, support and tool sharing mechanisms for existing mitigation efforts were equally highlighted as essential. Additionally, the challenge of guaranteeing the sustainability of LED efforts that are often project-based, was discussed. Building on the identified challenges, workshop participants agreed that the V-LED project should focus especially on knowledge building, the creation of tools and guides, strategic supportive partnerships, the policy agenda and experiential learning opportunities.
Cities need to move from planning to practise
Another key message the workshop highlighted was the need to shift the emphasis away from merely requiring cities and municipalities to accommodate climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in their plans, to mainstreaming climate change into their working processes. Cities should be inspired to go beyond planning and encouraged to initiate LED activities, particularly projects that address both climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Vertical dialogue event brings together national and local actors
V-LEDs first vertical dialogue event in the Philippines brought together a fascinating range of actors: from national government agencies (NGA) to local government units (LGU), as well as NGOs and representatives from the German Embassy, GIZ and USAID, among others.
The event was filled with insightful discussions on current LED initiatives in the Philippines. Participants highly appreciated new insights into existing climate initiatives at national and local level. A good mix of representatives and their interaction and participation also stood out as valuable features of the event.
After the successful kick-off, we look forward to future V-LED dialogue events that will be organised in the Philippines.
Find the event programme here.