March 2014 has seen many new partnerships established. A highlight among these is the agreement between the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn) and the Secretariat of the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) to use the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) as the reporting platform for signatories to the DAC.
With climate change adaptation in focus, cities around the globe are called to commit and act – improving their community resilience to a changing climate, protecting people, the environment and infrastructure. All local governments that have signed the Durban Adaptation Charter and now intend to report their local climate adaptation commitment and actions can easily share this in the online Registry.
Designed as a reporting platform for both climate change mitigation and adaptation, the cCCR promotes transparency, accountability and comparability of local climate action for local and other subnational governments. It further is a platform that offers recognition to leaders active in this field.
By reporting information on climate adaptation action, DAC signatories not only demonstrate their preparedness to protect their communities from climate risks but can share their innovative approaches in doing so. Thanks to this partnership, the cCCR will be able to offer a better insight at the solutions developed by sub-national governments in dealing with adaptation issues and help them identify current and future challenges.
The cCCR data is used to outline facts and figures towards national governments engaged in global climate negotiations –showing what is already being done at the local and regional level – calling for enabling framework conditions to accelerate local climate action. This is used as a key climate advocacy mechanism in several major international events throughout 2014, including the Bonn Climate Talks in May 2014.
The Durban Adaptation Charter:
With over 1000 signatories, the Durban Adaptation Charter commits Local Governments to local climate action in their jurisdiction that will assist their communities to respond to and cope with climate change risks thereby reducing vulnerability.
The Durban Adaptation Charter was launched at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 17 held in the City of Durban (eThekwini Municipality), South Africa in December 2011. The South African Government, through the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), South African Cities Network (SACN), eThekwini Municipality and the Department of Environmental Affairs partnered with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in hosting the Durban Local Government Convention: adapting to a changing climate - towards COP17/CMP7 and beyond.
Official site of the Durban Adaptation Charter: http://www.durbanadaptationcharter.org/