ICLEI – SHRDC Capacity Building on Climate Change Policies

Since 2016, ICLEI together with the Seoul Human Resources Development Center (SHRDC) has organized ICLEI-SHRDC training for local government officers from East Asian cities. With focus on urban sustainability and low-carbon development, the ICLEI – SHRDC training provides an opportunity for city practitioners to learn about best practice and programs of peer cities including Seoul and therefore enhance cooperation among cities in the region.

This year’s training took place on 3-7 September in the city of Seoul, aiming to share Seoul’s policies and programs on tackling climate change and air pollution issues. Invited and supported by ICLEI, 15 local government officers from Beijing Fengtai district, Chaoyang district, Haidian district and Dongcheng district, Foshan city, Guiyang city (China), Haiphong city (Vietnam), Marikina city (Philippines), Melaka city (Malaysia), and Jakarta city (Indonesia) participated in the week-long training program.

Among them, the cities of Melaka and Jakarta are also active members of the Ambitious City Promises* (ACP) project who are seeking to further learn about Seoul’s climate change policies and citizen engagement for successful implementation of the ACP project.

The training program included presentations, interactive discussions and site visits in the field of energy transition, pedestrian-friendly city, waste management, and ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities methodology. In addition, participants were also given an opportunity to attend the 8th Northeast Asia Forum on Air Quality Improvement hosted by Seoul Metropolitan Government with the support of ICLEI East Asia.

The waste management mechanism, public transportation and pedestrian-friendly policies of Seoul were found to be the most beneficial by the participants. It was also strongly suggested by the participants that more site visits and sessions on Seoul’s enforcement of environmental laws and regulations could be included in future trainings, for participants to effectively learn about the city’s best practices and relevant daily operations.

During the wrap-up session, participating city officials presented their action plans to fellow participants, combining learnings from the week-long training and their daily tasks. Among which, air quality actions were mostly covered, especially among the City of Guiyang, Haiphong, Jakarta and Melaka. Marikina and Melaka also laid out their plans on climate change mitigation. Regarding sectors and key areas of work, transportation emission was appeared to be a common challenge faced by all participating cities, followed by waste and landfill management.



*The Ambitious City Promises Project is implemented by ICLEI--Local Governments for Sustainability in close collaboration with Seoul Metropolitan Government, and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. It supports 9 cities in Southeast Asia to establish strong local action plans through concrete targets, enhanced multi-stakeholder engagement and integrated strategies.

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