Dear Mr David,
I would like first to send my appreciation and thanks to your efforts and I am so missing you. I hope that every one of your family is well.
Regarding the above topic, I would like to say that climate change is now a global challenge that the world is facing. I think municipalities should go in accordance with this challenge when preparing their coming projects and designs. The current climate change we are experiencing has been definitively linked to the amount of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) that people have emitted into the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuels, as well as industrial, agriculture, and land use practices. The extent of climate change that we will see in the future really depends on the actions we all take now to reduce our use of fossil fuels. If we do not reduce the amount of GHGs, we will see a greater degree of climate change, while if we start to significantly reduce GHG emissions, the extent of climate change will be less.
Municipalities in Jordan are somehow not actually involved in the process of climate change. But, I myself after (The World Bank Academy on Creditworthiness of Municipalities) in Jordan in 2015, I started feeling the importance to deal with the issue. Therefore, I am trying to apply the following procedures:
1. To educate the public about the changing climate, and involve and engage local citizens and volunteers in the processes of adaptation and mitigation.
2. Establish a cooperative association of renewable energy.
3. Try to train the staff on how to apply climate change to our projects
4. To follow up on-going developments relating the issue
This is a really wonderful initiative on your part! In the wake of the Paris Climate Conference, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the importance of cities in the global effort to combat climate change and the effects of pollution.
One issue that consistently stands out in these discussions is the lack of global awareness that many climate issues should (and perhaps can only) be tackled at the local level. However, there is limited capability to track at this time flows of finance to cities for climate projects. This makes it hard to identify bottlenecks and facilitate the levels of financing needed from donors, and most importantly the private sector.
To that end the UNFCCC created the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA). They have just issued their first report which attempts to define the issues and posit solutions for the facilitation of sufficient levels of capital flows for climate-smart infrastructure investment at the local level.
It's a big task - the Alliance estimates that current climate finance flows to cities stands at $331 billion worldwide per annum. An impressive figure until you see their estimate of required finance flows of $4.1 trillion per annum. Clearly there is a lot of work to do.
The report showcases the different cost profiles of climate-smart urban investments and also key barriers to project development. It can be accessed at: