Mexico is highly vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis, including droughts, floods and heavy rains, which pose threats to the states and the communities inhabiting them. Faced with this scenario, climate action at the local level is crucial to mitigating and adapting to climate change.

In order to include the contribution of states and municipalities in the climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, and to ensure transparency on the completed actions, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through the Mexican-German Climate Change Alliance, developed the “Subnational Climate Action Transparency Agenda Information System (SIAT-Subnational)”.

After almost 3 years of development and capacity building for the states to use the system, the launch event of the SIAT-Subnational took place on 17 August 2022 in a hybrid format.

The event was hosted by María Luisa Albores González, head of SEMARNAT; Dr. Agustín Ávila Romero, Director General of Climate Action Policies (DGPAC); Immanuel Brand, Cooperation Policy Advisor of the German Embassy and Dr. Adriana Bustamante, Secretary of the Climate Change and Sustainability Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.

The design and development of the system was presented by Diana Guzmán Torres, Director of Climate Change Mitigation Policies. In addition, Suriel Islas, Deputy Director of Monitoring Actions to Promote Sustainable Development of SEMARNAT, discussed the process and mechanisms for the implementation of the system.

Diana Guzmán from SEMARNAT © GIZ México / Ana Karen Jiménez

The heads of the Ministries of Environment of Mexico City, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Puebla and Sonora participated in the event, all of whom were part of the piloting and development of the Subnational SIAT. They offered recommendations and discussed the advantages of local contributions to increasing climate ambition.

Álvaro Luna, Principal Advisor to the Mexican-German Climate Change Alliance at GIZ Mexico © GIZ Mexico / Ana Karen Jiménez

With this launch, Mexico becomes the first country in the Latin American region to have a climate action tracking system at the local level, leaving no one behind. We invite you to learn more about it here.

We invite all 32 states to report their actions! Don’t be left out!

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