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Climate protection in the Mexican urban policy (CiClim)

As of: March 2019

Objective and activities

Mexico is faced with rapid urbanization processes and urban sprawl, which is associated with rising greenhouse gas emissions, as well as interventions in ecosystems and confronts the urban policy of the country with major challenges. A climate-friendly urban development policy is necessary to bring about emission reductions, to obtain ecosystem services and to reduce environmental pollution. Against this background, the project provides advice across sectors to relevant actors at national, state and municipal governments in the areas of: (a) climate specific urban planning (b) conservation of ecosystem services in urban and peri-urban spaces, and (c) sustainable urban mobility. In pilot cities climate-friendly concepts and instructions are tested for their practicality. The results of the practice and the exchange of experiences with other countries serve the up-scaling effects.

State of implementation/results

  • Urban Planning component prioritises topics such as: urban densification, green infrastructure and legal and administrative conditions of climate policy in cities
  • Selection of the following five pilot cities:
  • • Hermosillo, capital of federal state of Sonora • León, major city in the federal state of Guanajuato • Mérida, capital of federal state of Yucatán • Morelia, capital of federal state of Michoacán • Tlaquepaque, part of the metropolitan region of Guadalajara = capital of federal state of Jalisco
  • Organisation of the international Forum on Green Infrastructure and Climate Change on the 22nd and 23rd March 2018 in Mexico City (…)
  • Establishment of a nationally replicable cycling policy in the 5 project cities, strengthening the cycling initiative Ciclociudades
  • Advising rural people living in peri-urban nature reserves on sustainable agricultural production, using ecosystem services and protecting their ecosystems
  • Integrate climate change adaptation, sustainable mobility and ecosystem services into Morelia Urban Development Plan
  • Establishment of a digital platform for green infrastructure and urban mobility together with the Mexican University UNAM and project partners

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)
  • Ministry for Agricultural, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) - Mexico
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico

BMU grant:
€ 4,500,000

08/2017 till 06/2021

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