“Climate Initiatives Awards-COP22”: Sfax and Fezna, sacred

UCLG Africa as partner of “Climate Initiatives Awards-COP22” participated at the meeting of the jury on 11 and 12 July 2016 in Rabat (Morocco). The jury deliberated and designated Sfax (Tunisia) and Fezna (Morocco), as the two winners in Local Authorities category.

Among the 9 eligible initiatives on the 20 submitted in the category, the municipality of Sfax won thanks to its initiative “Carbon footprint of the city of Sfax” (2012 – 2013). According to the jury, this initiative represents a template for big municipalities in the fight against the effects of climate change with a “mitigation” approach.

More details on the initiative are available in French here.

For its part, the Fezna municipality with its ‘Beginnings of a communal climate plan’ initiative (2010 -March 2016) is a good example for a small local community. The project highlights the ‘adaptation’ approach in the fight against the effects of climate change.

More details are available in French here.

The other four nominees, who were in list, are:  Commune of Safo (Niger), Municipality of Angossas (Cameroon), Departmental Council of Gossas (Senegal) and commune of Sodoke (Togo).

All the projects in the Local Authority category are available here.

The winners will receive their awards at the COP22 in Marrakech (7-18 November 2016) where a “Side Event” on African local authorities will be organized in partnership with UCLG Africa.

In addition to the Local Authorities category, the jury chose 4 winners for the category “Civil society organizations” and 4 for ‘Greens, women and Young Entrepreneurs’. The main goal of the project is to publish initiatives on the fight against the effects of climate change and the transferability in other countries within the African continent.

Note that, the project is led in partnership with Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa), the Institute of Francophonie for the sustainable development (IFDD) and the United Nations Programme for development (UNDP Morocco).