- WBI's Climate Change (WBICC) practice is helping build regional LEDS practitioner networks & as a LEDS GP member, working to enhance collaboration and coordination on LEDS capacity development and knowledge sharing.
- This year's second Asia LEDS Forum was structured to support peer learning and sharing, building of communities of practice, and acquiring the skills to support LEDS implementation.
- The WBICC team is planning to co-organize a capacity building workshop on Climate Finance in Southeast Asia in 2014.
October 28, 2013―Climate change is triggering more frequent, intense, and longer lasting extreme weather-related events, and many countries are seeking ways to cope. Many nations have come together under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) to develop Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) and in support of this effort, the World Bank Institute’s Climate Change practice (WBICC) is helping build regional LEDS practitioner networks. As a member of the LEDS Global Partnership, it is working to enhance collaboration and coordination on LEDS capacity development and knowledge sharing.
The first Asia LEDS forum was launched in Thailand last year, and this year, the Philippines Climate Change Commission hosted the second Asia LEDS in Manila. The three-day-event generated great interest from members around this year’s theme, ‘Putting LEDS into Practice.’
“This Forum served as a bridge between LEDs practitioners from both private and public sector,” said Ms. Barsha Shrestha, the General Manager and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Development Bank Ltd. (Nepal). “As an entrepreneur, it is important for us to understand the regulatory framework on LEDs and be aware of the opportunities that LEDs could potentially bring to the private sector. This has been also been an excellent opportunity for me to meet with other practitioners from the region. I have learned a lot.”
Creating Tangible Learning Opportunities
The objectives of the first Asia LEDS Forum were to enhance regional coordination on LEDS and green growth, identify priorities for promoting regional capacity building, and establishing an Asia regional LEDS network: the Asia LEDS Partnership. In this year’s forum, members moved from planning to implementing LEDS, and to finding the best ways to make this a reality in different country contexts.
The 2013 Forum employed a variety of interactive formats, and the event was structured to support peer learning and sharing, building of communities of practice, and acquiring the skills to support LEDS implementation. Technical content focused on key areas of LEDS implementation, including engaging stakeholders, securing finance, selecting appropriate tools, and assessing impacts.
The event included a policy session organized by the World Bank Institute (WBI) on how to better integrate LED Strategies with Climate Resilience Planning. Policy implications were identified and discussed among participants together with opportunities for collaboration among development agencies working on this theme. Participants also set up displays to share and demonstrate tips and tools to assist peers in customizing and applying good practices in other countries or localities.
This Forum served as a bridge between LEDs practitioners from both private and public sector.Ms. Barsha Shrestha, the General Manager and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Development Bank Ltd.
Based on examples from the World Bank Group, WBI presented a conceptual approach on how to integrate Communities of Practice (CoP) as a capacity building component for energy sector development. This session also showcased the World Bank Energy Learning Portal and invited new users to access this learning tool.
WBI also delivered a half-day technical session that provided participants with a better understanding of the range of instruments that can be used to support LEDS. This includes voluntary, regulatory, and market-based instruments. The last day of the event focused on a technical session on how to better understand the policy instruments used to support LEDS. It examined how regulatory and market-based instruments can complement each other and be tailored to country circumstances, what countries have learned from early experiences with policy analysis, design, and application, and the analytical tools available for policy planning and instruments choice.
The World Bank team contributed to the agenda of the forum, demonstrating and disseminating low-emission models and tools and increasing the capacity of practitioners to lead and implement LEDS and green growth initiatives. The event concluded with the Climate Resilience Working Group agreeing to design capacity building programs and to package knowledge products on how to better integrate LEDs with climate resilience planning.
“This year’s event brought together approximately 250 representatives from 22 Asian and Pacific countries and peers from Africa, South America, North America, and Europe,” said Doddy Sukadri, Co-Chair of the Asia LEDS Partnership and Low Carbon Emission Development Advisor with the Indonesia National Council on Climate Change. “Participants represented national and subnational governments, international organizations, civil society groups, academic institutions, and businesses. The capacity being built and collaboration which has been established during the Forum will contribute greatly to the low carbon future of Asia. ”
At the request of the Asia LEDS Partnership Secretary, in collaboration with other development agencies, the WBICC team is planning to co-organize a capacity building workshop on Climate Finance in Southeast Asia in 2014. In addition, at the request of the Clean Energy Solutions Center, the team will further explore potential links between the Center and the Energy Portal in order to jointly provide expert assistance, webinars, and training. Finally, Asia LEDS participants are invited to the online launch of an in-depth e-learning course on ‘Policy Instruments for Low Emissions Development: From Design to Implementation.’
The LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP) is a consortium of government agencies, regional research organizations, and international development agencies, intended to enhance coordination, South-South-North knowledge exchange, and collaborative action among countries working to advance low emissions development. Click here for a list of current governmental and international members.