Climate change has become a pressing issue because of its major impacts on human society and the ecosystem. Mitigation strategies in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as adaptation strategies designed to minimize the effects of global warming are indispensable to address the arising challenges. Cities are disproportionately responsible for climate change (emitting 80% of greenhouse gases) and they can play a crucial role in curbing the negative impacts of climate change.
Local authorities also have a significant role in the conservation of nature and in the maintenance of biodiversity. Their involvement in activities such as land use planning, development of urban infrastructure, waste management, pollution control, or management of green areas and other recreational areas, have a direct or indirect bearing on biodiversity conservation. Local authorities are particularly well positioned to initiate and deliver community awareness programs and environmental education for citizens. Moreover, local authorities have a unique perspective on biodiversity conservation as they represent the local communities that experience, enjoy and live with local biodiversity.
Through its training activities for local authorities on topics of green growth, biodiversity and more, LDP seeks to strengthen the role of local authorities in strategizing for greener growth and managing biodiversity, by integrating environmental challenges in local development plans. The programme focuses particularly on promoting sustainable energy, transport and other basic services deliver, urban ecosystem management, and localising green growth strategies, and more to ensure local governments build their capacities to implement a greener paradigm shift in local development.