Strengthening civil society in the implementation of national climate policies in Georgia, Colombia and Ukraine

The participation of stakeholders from civil society in defining more ambitious NDCs is necessary to improve strategies and to implement them in a transparent and participatory way. However, these stakeholders usually lack the resources to influence the implementation and improvement of NDCs. The project strengthens the stakeholders’ capacity to articulate and introduce their climate policy demands in the NDC implementation process. In the partner countries, the project supports selected organisations and groups to participate in climate mitigation plans, the drafting of climate-relevant laws for NDC implementation, and the discussion on ambitious climate policy. The project also wants to lay the foundations for the regular and systematic engagement of civil society in climate policy issues in the partner countries and to institutionalise the dialogue between decision-makers and other stakeholders.

Project data

Countries
Colombia, Georgia, Ukraine
IKI funding
4,178,491.96 €
Included preparation phase
124,644.71 €
Duration
07/2018 till 06/2024
Status
open
Implementing organisation
Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) e.V.
Implementing Partner
  • Association Green Alternative
  • CENSAT Agua Viva (Friends of the Earth Colombia)
  • Center for Environmental Initiatives Ecoaction - Ukraine
  • Greens Movement of Georgia / Friends of the Earth - Georgia
  • Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen e.V. (UfU)

State of implementation/results

  • In May 2023, BUND, together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and CAN EECCA, organized the start of a multiplier program in Tbilisi, Georgia, which continues previous network and training offers under the name Climate Dialogues.
  • Colombia:
    • Censat Agua Viva, together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Climate Action Tracker and the University of Manizales, conducted a second course for journalists and citizens in various cities on the topic of loss and damage. The result was five regional dialogues and seven podcasts.
    • The implementation of the transmedia project “Somos Tierra” (somostierra.info Spanish) at the book fair in Bogotá involved people who normally have little contact with climate debates. Alternative ways of living and doing business were shown through audiovisual presentations.
    • On August 29, 2023, the first summit against fracking and unconventional oil fields took place, which was organized by the Alianza Colombia Libre de Fracking and the results of which were then presented to the House of Representatives by, among others, the Colombian Environment Minister Susana Muhamad.
    • From May 23rd to 26th, 2023, a meeting for climate justice took place in Bogotá, at which organizations of the Latin American and Caribbean Platform for Climate Justice (censat.org/… spanish) discussed principles and work strategies. The result was a statement released to strengthen international alliances. Here you can find a video that Censat Agua Viva produced on Just Energy Transition (JET) and community energy (part 1 www.youtube.com/… and part 2 www.youtube.com /watch?v=ur2N542Nt98&t=185s Spanish )
  • Ukraine:
    • Civil society statement on the consideration of climate adaptation ( en.ecoaction.org.ua/… English ) in the context of post-war reconstruction in Ukraine
    • Comments on the implementation of the EU reform in the field of environment, climate change and energy ( en.ecoaction.org.ua/… English)
    • Comments on the revised draft regulation "On approval of the Action Plan (ecoaction.org.ua/… Ukrainian) for the implementation of the updated NDC of Ukraine to the Paris Agreement for the period up to 2030"
    • Proposals for an inventory of anthropogenic emissions and absorptions of greenhouse gases through sinks ecoaction.org.ua/… (Ukrainian) in Ukraine.
    • Ecoaction organized two information tours ( en.ecoaction.org.ua/… English ) for journalists and representatives of non-governmental organizations to highlight the importance of green reconstruction in Ukraine.
    • Four NGOs ( en.ecoaction.org.ua/… English ) finalized the recommendations for green recovery measures in local communities by also taking into account adaptation measures
    • Two analyzes were completed: “The impact of Russia's war against Ukraine on the state of country's soil: Analysis results” (en.ecoaction.org.ua/… English) and “Climate damage caused by Russia's war in Ukraine” ( en.ecoaction.org.ua/… English)

Latest Update:
05/2024

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