Agents of Change

Local climate action depends on role models. These are municipalities and those working in municipalities who early on have chosen a path of energy efficient development, and it includes people with profound professional expertise. The ability to connect with relevant stakeholders and to implement transformation processes within the administration are as important as ensuring an active engagement of grassroots initiatives. The cluster „Agents of Change“ is focusing on the necessary capacities, structural and institutional frameworks and participatory approaches. It is analyzing current and potential future challenges of supporting local climate action.

Cluster Lead: Prof Dr Olav Hohmeyer (CV)

Rapporteur: Julius Hagelstange (CV)

Pioneering Local Climate Action (WS 01)

01/10/2015, 13:30
Banquet Room, upper floor

A number of countries and provinces, respectively, have programmes supporting pioneering local climate action, i.e. excellence initiatives that work with municipalities who innovate and experiment in order to achieve extremely ambitious targets. Some of these pioneers have been active in developing urban sustainability and low carbon cities for a long time. In this workshop, pioneering communities and programmes supporting them will be presented and discussed. Possible next steps for pioneers will be identified. In addition, a colleague with long-term experience in a pioneer municipality will serve as a key listener to reflect on lessons learned and future challenges.

Jean Michel, Zupan, City of Arras
Henrik Johansson, City of Växjö
Dr Babette Nieder, Hertener Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
Sabine Tegtmeyer-Dette, City of Hanover
Prof Dr Axel Priebs, Region of Hanover
Peta Wolpe, Sustainable Energy Africa

Key-Listener: Silvia Hesse & Ulf Siebert
Facilitation: Martin Beer, Climate Manager, the City of Flensburg

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Capacities for Local Climate Action (WS 02)

01/10/2015, 15:30
Banquet Room, upper floor

To reach ambitious climate targets based on Climate Action Plans a variety of local actors has to be em- bedded to successfully implement measures. These actors had to be motivated and cross-linked by e.g. climate action managers. The job requirements for these climate managers are considerable and multi- disciplinary. Not many people have the whole range of required knowledge and skills, hence, climate managers and other networkers should have access to continuous training. Therefore it is crucial to coordinate the processes of climate action in and outside the administration and change structures with a long-term perspective. Thus a variety of different capacity building programs with diversified contents are needed. In this workshop, participants will share their experiences with different capacity building programmes for "change agents" working locally on climate and energy. Furthermore, with the help of a visual overview of capacities needed in the transformation process associated with local climate action, they will discuss how to best address these needs.

Daniel Willeke, Difu
Cord Remke, Ländliche Erwachsenenbildung (LEB) in Niedersachsen e.V.
City of Barnstorf
Julia Schirrmacher, SCS Hohmeyer
Svend Andersen, GHG Consulting, Canada
Priscilla Mejilano, UN-Habitat, the Philippines
Laids Mias, UN-Habitat, the Philippines

Hans Hertle, Ifeu
Dr Marcus Andreas, adelphi

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Taking Climate Action - Learning from national and international experiences (WS 03)

02/10/2015, 09:00
Banquet Room, upper floor

When discussing climate change, there is only one important message which needs to be spread: climate change concerns each and every one of us. Every action counts and every possible actor can get involved in fighting climate change: politics, industry, local governments and the general public. How can we – for instance – activate citizens and students? Which activities have proven to be simple, inexpensive and yet effective at the local level? Local administrative staff in charge of implementing mitigation measures face similar challenges. Climate mitigation is a cross-cutting issue which needs to be anchored in several units of the municipal administration. This process needs good guidance, good examples and it yet needs to be adopted by many others. This workshop highlights international success stories of mobilization for and participation in local climate action. // This Workshop is organised by the Deutsche Institut für Urbanistik [German Institute of Urban Affairs] 

Thomas Madry, Landkreis Marburg-Biedenkopf
Agnes Schönfelder, City of Mannheim

Bertine Stelzer, Sustainable Cities International Society (CV)

Christine Krüger, Difu (CV)

Stefanie Schäfter, Difu (CV)

Template WS 03 - Taking Climate Action - Learning from national and international experiences



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