Puerto Vallarta continues its activities in the development of its Municipal Climate Change Program (MCCP) and prepares to complete the development of the instrument. To this end, the development process of measures, the current status of the program and the next steps to conclude the MCCP was presented to different actors.
With the Webinar “Presentation of adaptation and mitigation measures for the MCCP of Puerto Vallarta”, the municipality prepares to take its Program to public consultation along with the measures that will shape it and will fight climate change in the coming years. Through the webinar, the municipality presented some of the measures that will make up its MCCP to different actors and sectors, as well as the cost-benefit analysis process to ensure the feasibility and long-term impact of the measures.
For the first part of the webinar, the audience was contextualized on the issue of climate change, its mainstreaming and the legal framework at national, state and municipal levels. In the second section, the process of elaboration of the proposed measures for the MCCP was deepened. It was pointed out that these are the result of participatory work carried out by different actors, the municipality and the state in previous workshops. Additionally, the methodology used for the cost-benefit analysis by which each of the measures is evaluated to define their traceability in the long term was explained. Finally, the municipality mentioned the participation process for public consultation, for which they will carry out two face-to-face consultation forums, online and printed questionnaires, and an email to receive comments and observations on the program once it is completed.
Dr. Helios Hernández, Deputy Director of Environment of the Municipality, highlighted the importance of having qualified staff to deal with climate change. Additionally, he mentioned the challenge involved in mainstreaming this issue in all units and stressed that everyone’s participation is a fundamental step to address climate change from all angles. In this sense, the councilor of Ecology Ma. Del Refugio Pulido Cruz, Claudia Constancia Institutional Development Officer, and Dr. Jorge Téllez from La Costa University Center attended the webinar transmission.
The Webinar was held on July 17th of this year, with attendees from the private and public sectors, academia, and civil society. This Webinar, as well as the elaboration of the MCCP of this municipality, was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development (SEMADET) of the State of Jalisco, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Cooperation for Sustainable Development ), through the projects Vertically Integrated Climate Protection (VICLIM) and Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in cooperation with the Private Sector in Mexico (ADAPTUR).
As next steps, the municipality with the support of GIZ will continue the process of prioritization of mitigation measures and adaptation to climate change. This will be possible with the cost benefit analysis that is being carried out to determine the feasibility, profitability and success of each of the measures. Once this process is completed, the MCCP will be subject to public consultation, ensuring the strengthening of the Program with the participation of all actors.