Local governments can have a comparative advantage if they choose to take Climate Action Initiative and the lead on applying climate change & energy policies, through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of concrete local climate actions.
In the Mediterranean region, Climate Action Initiative at local level is particularly needed as national policies do not respond to the hot-spot challenges and where actions should be originated and tailored to local circumstances and the need of resident constituencies.
South Mediterranean Mayors showed commitment to join the Covenant of Mayors, as 122 signatories have already joined through the previous CES-MED project and the current Clima-Med project. A short description of the CoM Med cities is provided (work in progress).
Signatories endorse a shared vision for 2050: accelerating the decarbonisation of their territories, strengthening their capacity to adapt to unavoidable climate change impacts, and allowing their citizens to access secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
Signatory cities pledge action to support implementation of their National Determined Contribution (NDC) target by 2030 and the adoption of a joint approach to tackle mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
In order to translate their political commitment into practical measures and projects, Covenant signatories commit to submit, within two years following the date of the local council decision, a Baseline Emission Inventory to track mitigation actions and a Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment. A complete Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP), outlining the key actions they plan to undertake, is to be submitted at the latest within three years following the local council decision. The adaptation strategy can either be part of the SEACAP or developed and mainstreamed in a separate planning document. This bold political commitment marks the beginning of a long-term process with cities committed to reporting every two years on the implementation progress of their plans.