- Governments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have encouraged each other to develop Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDs).
- The World Bank Institute’s Climate Change practice (WBICC) is supporting the development of regional LEDS practitioner networks in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), East Asia Pacific (EAP) and the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) regions.
- WBI was instrumental in establishing the Asia and Latin America regional platforms under the LEDS GP.
January 25, 2013―‘The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees Celsius at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change that has triggered a cascade of cataclysmic changes including extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people,’ according to Turn Down the Heat, a report commissioned by the World Bank. In a response to these findings, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim stated that a “4 degree warmer world can, and must be, avoided.”
To prevent irreversible damage to our planet, collaborative action by each nation is needed. To address this daunting task, governments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have encouraged each other to develop Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), and in many countries efforts across sectors and stakeholder groups to formulate LEDS and design NAMAs are already underway.
The World Bank Institute’s Climate Change practice (WBICC) is supporting the development of regional LEDS practitioner networks in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), East Asia Pacific (EAP) and the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) regions.
Available technology – combined with strategic planning and adequate financing – can indeed bring the world back on a more climate-friendly trajectory. However, development practitioners are not always equipped with the tools and resources or even lack connection to good practices that adapt well to local conditions.
“These networks are policymaker and practitioner platforms that bring together representatives across countries, ministries and other key stakeholder groups,” said Neeraj Prasad, Manager, WBI Climate Change practice. “Their overall objective is to catalyze mitigation action by fostering knowledge and experience sharing and supporting national expert teams in mastering and applying concepts, challenges and opportunities related to LEDS planning and financing.”
Launching Practitioner Networks
The LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP) was created in March 2012 to enhance coordination, South-South-North knowledge exchanges, and collaborative action among countries working to advance low emissions development. It was launched by a consortium of government agencies, regional research organizations and international development agencies.
These networks are policymaker and practitioner platforms that bring together representatives across countries, ministries and other key stakeholder groups. Neeraj Prasad, Manager, WBI Climate Change Practice.
WBI was instrumental in establishing the Asia and Latin America regional platforms under the LEDS GP. The Latin America platform was launched at an event in Alajuela, Costa Rica, from November 12 to 14, 2012, convened by the LEDS GP. More than 110 LEDS practitioners and champions from 22 countries in the region attended the event. Moving forward, WBI will organize a webinar series on LEDS for the Spanish-speaking LEDS community. They will also support a web-based open community of practice to promote information sharing, networking and online collaboration among Latin American LEDS practitioners and policymakers.
WBI in collaboration with other international organizations, led by USAID met at the first Asia LEDS Forum in September in Bangkok, Thailand to establish a new Asia LEDS Platform to promote low emissions, climate- resilient development across the region. The East Asia mitigation network focuses its work in six countries. WBI will work with country teams to develop tools for LEDS and NAMAs in a learning-by-doing approach, where the first step would be to identify projects of interest.
In the Middle East and North Africa, the ‘MNA Network on Low Carbon Development for Inclusive Growth’ was launched in September. The network brings together government officials, experts practitioners, advocates of low carbon development from a number of MNA countries.
This initiative will combine several regional workshops and a number of video conferences and webinars, in addition to providing technical support to practitioners in designing potential NAMA proposals. Through the inclusion of government, industry, academia, and civil society representatives working in low carbon development, the network intends to contribute to inclusive and sustainable growth.
Each regional chapter of the networks will have two seminars each year, as well as e-courses and frequent webinars on emerging topics.