MobiliseYourCity @ ClimateChanceAfrica 2018 in Abidjan / Ivory Coast

Training beneficiary cities and countries in calculating GHG emissions in urban mobility

Key figures :

1 full day seminar organised by the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat with 25 representatives from cities and African countries involved in the Partnership on the calculation of GHG emissions in urban mobility (June 27th 2018)

2 days of African Summit gathering non-state actors invovled in the fight against climate change in Abidjan

7 nationalities represented at the seminar MobiliseYourCity

10 thematic workshops to define roadmaps to fight against climate change in Africa, including 1 workshop animated by CODATU and PPMC on the decarbonisation of transport in Africa.

+ 500 participants at the Climate Chance Summit from more than 40 different countries to coalesce and propose concrete solutions in terms of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

 

The third edition of the Climate Chance summit took place on June 28th and 29th 2018 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The ambition of this summit was to bring together the community of non-state actors from all over Africa (communities, companies, NGOs, unions, the scientific community, young people …) engaged in the fight against climate change and their associated networks. Ten African action coalitions met in thematic workshops to highlight good practices, inspiring climate action projects in Africa, and worked on operational thematic roadmaps for the African context.

 

As a continuation of Climate Chance 2017 in Agadir, Morocco, the MobiliseYourCity Secretariat organised a seminar prior to this summit to bring together members of the MobiliseYourCity Africa community of practice. This seminar helped strengthen the capacities of the beneficiary partners on a key method of sustainable transport planning: the MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) approach on greenhouse gas emissions. Experts have intervened to train the representatives of the cities and beneficiary countries on this subject and to present the Greenhouse gas emission calculation tool which is under development and will be available in the coming months to be used by the beneficiary cities of the Partnership.

 

 

Throughout the day, the 25 participants from Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia, Morocco, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast have adopted the approach proposed by MobiliseYourCity to measure greenhouse gas emissions in urban mobility in order to better understand this important topic and implement it in their respective cities / countries.

The seminar was also an opportunity to present the progress of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in the cities of Rabat, Yaoundé, Douala and Dakar supported by MobiliseYourCity and to discuss the topic of digital in sustainable urban mobility and its planning.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the closing reception of the seminar, the Chair of the Steering Committee Paulina Potemski delivered the partnership certificate to the mayor of the city of Ouagadougou who recently joined the Partnership.

On the left, Mrs. Paulina Potemski, President of the Steering Committee of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership, in the middle Mr. Armand Beouinde Mayor of the city of Ouagadougou and on the right, Mr. Ronan Dantec Senator of Loire Atlantique and President of the Climate Chance Association.

 

 

 

 

On June 29th, CODATU, a founding member of the Partnership, co-hosted a workshop on sustainable urban transport in African cities with PPMC (Paris Partnership on Mobility and Climate).

This participatory workshop has been extremely productive in developing concrete solutions to improve mobility in African countries and reduce the sector’s GHG emissions.

 

 

 

 

 

A representative of MobiliseYourCity also spoke at the closing plenary of the Climate Chance Summit to present, together with the representative of the city of Douala responsible for planning urban mobility, the results of the seminar. They also presented the GHG measurement tool for urban mobility as a contribution to cities’ efforts to combat climate change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, members of the Secretariat and the President of MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee met, at his request, Mr. Robert Beugré Mambé, Governor of the Autonomous District of Abidjan. This meeting with the highest authority shows the political involvement of the city and was the opportunity to officially hand over the MobiliseYourCity certificate to the Governor.

On the left, Mr Robert Beugré Mambé, Governor of the Autonomous District of Abidjan. On the right, Mrs. Paulina Potemski, president of the MobiliseYourCity Partnership.

 

 

 

Thus, these 3 days have really made it possible to strengthen the capacities of the cities MobiliseYourCity in calculating GHG emissions, to strengthen the links between the representatives, to support the community of practice MYC Africa, and finally to register the initiative and its actors in African cities in mobilising non-state actors against climate change.

Working Group at the Transport Workshop, Climate Chance Summit, June 29 2018

The next edition of Climate Chance Africa will take place in Accra, Ghana, in 2019.