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Webinar Series: Setting the Stage for the 2nd Regional Workshop on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)

The World Bank Institute (WBI) and the Regional Secretariat of the Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) organized a series of webinars on critical topics relating to low emissions development strategies to promote South-South knowledge exchange and capacity building for the development of national LEDS strategies. 

Assessing Development Benefits of LEDS strategies, Financing LEDS, Links between Adaptation and LEDS, and LEDS Process and Planning were the key capacity building priorities for the LAC region prioritized during the First Regional Workshop held in Alajuela, Costa Rica, 2012. This webinar series was an opportunity to address these salient issues in the region as countries pursue low emissions development.

The webinar series was an opportunity to enhance understanding of concepts, processes, practical know-how, and challenges related to Low Emissions Development Strategies. One of its goals was to augment the capacity of national experts and practitioners who will be involved with LEDS, sustainable development, and climate-resilience activities in their countries and foster knowledge and experience sharing among countries in the LAC region by showcasing best practices and sharing relevant LEDS information.

The webinar series initiative was also a strategic opportunity to begin a dialogue on these critical topics prior to the Second Regional Workshop to be held in Lima, Peru from December 4-6, 2013.

1st Webinar:
“Building a Common Low-carbon Vision: lessons learned in LEDS planning and processes at the national level”
10:00 am EDT, Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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This first webinar of the series featured a discussion around emerging best practices and recommendations for LEDS planning and processes that included the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) Program, facilitation and integration of interest groups in the LEDS process, as well as public leadership aspects and developing indicators and linkages between LEDS at the national and subnational level.

Carlos Salgado from UNDP presented a four-step National Planning Cycle that country-level practitioners can reference as a conceptual framework and concrete considerations to LEDS planning. Next Lupe Guidand, Director of PLANCC, explained the specific case of Peru in determining its LEDS plans in order to achieve low emissions development nationwide. Finally, Andres Pirazzoli, Coordinator of the MAPS program in Chile, shed light on practical experiences on the ground in Chile, including best practices of a participative process which yielded concrete evidence, projections, and options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across economic sectors in Chile.

Participants found the discussion very helping in providing practical LEDS planning scenarios from which to understand what is happening in regards to regional development initiatives in LAC.

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2nd Webinar:
“Financing Investments in Low Emissions Development”

10:00 am EDT, Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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This second webinar highlighted the recent evolution of financing for LEDS interventions through international sources and external cooperation, as well as discussed the developments in financing in the context of the UNFCCC negotiations as well as the emerging concept of National Financing Pathways and early lessons learned.

Alejandro Kilpatrick, Finance Team Lead of the UNFCCC Secretariat, gave a comprehensive overview of financing emerging under the climate negotiations, and what are new developments to watch, including the distribution between financing for mitigation and adaptation and capitalization/operationalization of the Green Climate Fund. He was followed by Marcela Jaramillo, Policy Advisor, International Climate Finance program, E3G, who shared emerging lessons in “national financing pathways,” referencing a recent working paper from October 2013. Through the case study of Colombia, Marcela shared various key points, including how in the end, it is an iterative process to formulate LEDS and resilience plans while identifying financial needs at the national level.

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“II part: Financing Investments in Low Emissions Development”
10:00 am (EDT), Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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This webinar was a continuation of the previous event, "Financing for a low-carbon development" given popularity in the topic of financing, and took place on October 30.

Having learned and talked about international finance and the first experiences with the emerging concept of national funding routes, this webinar discussed specifically the objectives and lessons learned from the Colombian Strategy for Low Carbon Development, with a presentation by Sebastian Lema, Financial Consultant for Colombian Strategy for Low Carbon Development. Here, Sebastian covered four critical steps that countries can consider: identifying financing sources, accompanying that with a collective process in formulating the initial Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), institutional alignment and support, and lastly, capacity-building for implementation.


3rd Webinar:
“Mitigation and Development: Evaluating co-Benefits, Linking LEDS and National Sustainable Development Priorities”
10:00 am EST , Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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The third webinar of the series featured a discussion around the latest analysis tools and Development Impacts Assessment (DIA) best practices to assist countries and institutions in identifying and building awareness of the impacts of LEDS measures on country development goals, such as reducing poverty, improving health and local environmental quality, improving energy and water access, and facilitating gender equality.

A regional perspective was shared in the webinar by Mauricio Zaballa, Climate Change Researcher, UNEP Risoe Center, and Ramon Arigoni, Ecometrika (Estudos Economicos em Sustentabilidade), participated with a concrete case study and empirical findings from Brazil’s national experience in evaluating co-benefits.

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4th Webinar:
“Mitigation and Adaptation: Opportunities and challenges in planning and evaluating climate resilient low emissions development strategies”

10:00 am EST, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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In this last webinar, participants received an introduction to key concepts and tools available to help evaluate climate risks in development planning as well as practical experiences and early lessons emerging from case studies in Costa Rica and Mexico.

Framing a regional perspective, Pablo Benitez, Senior Economist, World Bank, discussed the linkages between mitigation and adaptation in low emissions development. He offered various online resources, including the knowledge portal Climate Smart Planning. Costa Rica’s national experience and a particular case with smallholder farmers was shared by Roberto Azofeifa, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and participants learned also from Mexico’s national experience presented by Bram Govaerts, Deputy Director of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program of the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement. In both national-level examples, it was clear that mitigation and adaptation go hand-in-hand, benefitting local productivity and possibilities for reducing emissions to achieve low-emissions and climate-resilient development at a national level.

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