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CITY LEVEL PLANNING, POLICIES AND INVESTMENTS
CITY LEVEL CLIMATE CHANGE PLANS AND POLICIES
Interview with Martha Delgado, Mexico City, Mexico
ARE CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES BEING ADDRESSED ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL? IF SOHOW?
In Mexico we have a National Law for Climate Change. In 2011 the federal governmentlaunched the Climate Change Programme that includes actions of different ministries. A coupleof days ago the new President installed the Inter-secretarial Commission of Climate Change.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TARGET CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE CITY LEVEL?
The rational for that lies in the fact that while climate change does not affect all the world’sregions equally, its impact will create adverse conditions for civilizing elements as they existtoday. As such, the action of cities at the local level becomes strategic for climate changemitigation and adaptation actions. Furthermore, cities have in their hands important measuresand policies that are directly related with the possibility of reducing emissions: transportationsystems, land fields, water management and lighting of the streets, all local attributions. Citiescan also innovate by regulating and giving economic incentives for energy efficiency forexample. Cities start at the local level but their climate activism can have positive internationalimplications.
was the Minister of Environment of Mexico City during the administration of Mayor Marcelo Ebrard (2006-2012), where they developed ambitious environmental policies like the Green Plan of Mexico City, the Climate Action Programme, the bike sharing system ECOBICI, the recovery of the Magdalena River, the last living
river in the city, among others.From 1998 to 2003 she was President of the NGO Mexican Citizens Presence, dedicated to promote democracy, environmental agenda, and the participation of youths in the public sphere; and she also founded in 2006 the Mexican Alliance for a New Culture of Water.
From 2003 to 2006 she was elected Independent Deputy in the Third Legislative Assembly of Mexico City,where she created and chair the Water Management Commission.In the international sphere Martha serves as First Vice-President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, an international organisation that regroups over one thousand five hundreds cities from
all over the world.Currently, she works at Fundacion PENSAR, as a General Director of the Secretariat of the Global Cities
Covenant on Climate, a local leaders initiative that joint 286 Mayors of the world to combat the global warming.