Under2 Jurisdictions Enhancing MRV Systems and Building Long-Term Decarbonization Pathways 

CCS and Winrock are embarking on pathways development support to seven selected regions in in the LAC region that are members of the Under2 Coalition. Through a step-wise approach that involves substantial engagement of public and private sector stakeholders, the works focuses on achieving optimized and transformative pathways to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions consistent with under 2 degrees Celsius climate stabilization levels, and complete, accurate and cost-effective Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV). Pathways be tailored to the regional gaps and needs. The work includes initial stocktaking, gap assessment, target setting, identification and design of low-carbon pathway options, technical modeling, and assessment and design of MRV methods and procedures. It will provide lesson sharing for vertical integration with national and regional efforts and horizontal sharing in service of replicability across over 40 other AFOLU-focused signatory jurisdictions and over 220 total signatory jurisdictions.  

Querétaro, Mexico Quintana Roo, Mexico


Mexico Border States Climate Change Program

Baja California     Chihuahua      Coahuila     Nuevo Leon     Sonora     Tamaulipas

The Center for Climate Strategies has provided assistance to each of the six US-Mexico Border States with comprehensive climate change action planning. Since 2008, CCS has operated in partnership with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and each of the states (Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, and Tamaulipas) in cooperation with the Mexico Institute for National Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This initiative began with a cross-border agreement between the governors of Arizona and Sonora. This was an outgrowth of the Arizona Climate Action Plan that began in 2004 under Executive Order by Governor Janet Napolitano. CCS provided process design, facilitative and technical assistance for the development of the Arizona Climate Action Plan. This approach was quickly replicated through governors agreements by other Mexico Border States and coalesced into a regional framework, and public private partnership with CCS, the BECC, and federal agencies in the US and Mexico. 

This same comprehensive climate action-planning template, pioneered by CCS in Arizona and other projects, has been used in over 20 US states and is now under development with the Provinces of China for Low Carbon Development. 

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Coahuila Climate Change Advisory Group (CCCAG) Members and Other Participants at Meeting No.1

The Mexico Border States Climate Change Program includes the development by CCS of greenhouse gas emissions inventories and forecasts (all sources and sinks) in each of the states through a regionally consistent methodology that is applied on a custom basis to each jurisdiction. In addition, CCS and BECC have supported climate mitigation planning with each of the states, including completion of Phase 1 planning in Baja California, Sonora, and Coahuila, and Phase 1 work in progress in Tamaulipas and Chihuahua.

In 2013 CCS and BECC launched Phase 2 of climate action planning in Baja California and Coahuila. This work is being conducted under the Mexico Low Emission Development System (MLEDS) program and is now covered under Mexico's ground-breaking General Law on Climate Change. It will be completed at the end of 2013 in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund Mexico through formal collaboration with climate change action stakeholder and agency committees in each of hte states. Phase 2 will include design of mitigation policy recommendations, micro and macroeconomic impacts, and evaluation of energy, resources, and GHG emissions analysis of specific climate mitigation actions and mechanisms in each of the sectors. 

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CCCAG Members Consider Options in Sonora.

Like other integrative processes at the subnational and national levels (such as comprehensive climate action planning, green growth strategies, low carbon development, and energy, environment and economic (E3) security initiatives) the MLEDS program is a comprehensive, multi-objective, fact based, collaborative process designed t advance critically important goals, objectives, policies, and programs for local, regional and national implementation. 

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Technical Workgroups meet at separate tables to discuss their sectors in Sonora.