Networks and Groups

Cooperation can act as an important catalyzer for climate action. This cluster is offering different networks the opportunity to present their work to an expert audience and to benefit from sharing experiences. Multinational associations at the state level as well as joint efforts of smaller municipalities and bilateral partnerships between different nations will be discussed.

Cluster Lead: Svenja Schuchmann (CV, pdf)
Rapporteur: Dr Cornelia Ohl (CV, pdf)

Multi-National Networks of Local Actors (WS 16)

01/10/2015, 13:30
Auditorium, basement

The increasing recognition of local governments as key actors in implementing climate mitigation targets have led to a shift of focus towards the active promotion of local climate mitigation policies and good practices at the international level. Networks and similar kinds of partnerships play a crucial role in this. They facilitate knowledge transfer, enable direct interaction of local actors, and support coordinated action. While many types of networks exist, this workshop will focus specifically on those collaborations that are transnational in nature, connect and address local actors, and which rely primarily on support from the national level. From exchanging experiences that local actors gained with international networks, the workshop will go on to identify their do’s and don’ts. Finally, the participants will explore how to generate maximum benefits from international exchange and collaboration on local climate action.

Claire Simon, CIPRA 
Thomas Hale, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Gotelind Alber, GenderCC
Bertine Stelzer Sustainable Cities International Society

Kaj Fischer, adelphi

Cooperation within Regions (Covenant of Mayors) (WS 17)

01/10/2015, 15:30
Auditorium, basement

There are many good reasons for municipalities and actors within a region to join forces in the fight against climate change: they benefit from synergies, save human and financial resources, tap into regional potentials and can offer a wider range of services. How such a successful cooperation can best be shaped will be at the centre stage of this workshop. // This Workshop is organised by the Covenant of Mayors

Anneleen Van Tendeloo, Intercommunale IGEMO, Belgium, Covenant of Mayors Group
Susanne Torriente, City of Fort Lauderdale, United States of America, Southeast Florida 
Climate Compact
Martin Beer, City of Flensburg, Germany, Climate Manager
Patricia Abuin Garcia, Diputacion de Huelva, Spain, Covenant of Mayors Territorial Coordinator

Svenja Schuchmann, Covenant of Mayors

City Partnerships and Bilateral Cooperation (WS 18)

02/10/2015, 09:00
Auditorium, basement

Cities and municipalities play a decisive role in implementing EU climate and energy targets. While many city representatives are motivated to enhance and advance their climate and energy activities, city partnerships can provide a useful platform to facilitate peer-to-peer learning, allow for the exchange of experience and know-how, and to stimulate innovative ideas and solutions. In this session, representatives from three city partnerships (Germany and France; Germany and Poland) will share their experiences and discuss the benefits, obstacles and factors of success of such cooperation. Aspects such as funding, project implementation, political will and trust will be addressed throughout the session, and complemented by inputs from three bilateral cooperation projects which aim at initiating and sustaining partnerships at the municipal level.

Tobias Gliese, Climate Alliance
Peter Schilken, Energy Cities
Dr. Babette Nieder, City of Herten
Jean Michel Zupan, City of Arras
Franziska Schreiber, adelphi
Kai Lipsius, City of Essen
Anna Nowak, Stadt Bielawa

Camille Serre, adelphi 

Template WS 18 - City Partnerships and Bilateral Cooperation



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