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ICLEI SEAS takes part in CDKN-ICLEI learning program, showcases Bogor Urban LEDS experience

CDKN-ICLEI learning workshop participants at the ICIMOD Knowledge Park. The knowledge park was intended for testing and demonstration of various methodologies related to integrated mountain development and sustainable farming practices on the sloping land of Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

The second workshop of CDKN-ICLEI Sub-national Learning Programme Phase II took place in Kathmandu, Nepal from February 08th to 12th with an overall theme of “Moving from Planning to Implementation”. Specifically, the program aims to “draw out learning from CDKN experience that can be turned into recommendations for decision-makers on how to move from planning to implementation of climate compatible development (CCD)1 policies – with a focus on activities and experiences in cities, provinces and states in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia.”

To achieve this, CDKN-ICLEI commissioned various projects and organizations to develop inside stories. Breaking away from the usual “case study” approach, an inside story intends to share with the reader the learning process unfolding in a project of typically high ambitions in its encounters with people, institutions, interests, and governance frameworks among others. Further, it highlights challenges encountered by the project team as well as means and ways with which these were addressed.

Urban LEDS, as one of the projects implemented by ICLEI Southeast Asia (SEAS), is one of the 11 projects being showcased in this learning program. A draft inside story has been prepared by
ICLEI SEAS and the ICLEI Indonesia Project Office. The inside story will be thoroughly reviewed and edited by ICLEI Europe and CDKN before publication. The inside story focuses on Bogor City’s experience and highlights the results of the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and how low emission development strategies (LEDS) were embedded into its 5-Year Mid-Term Development Plan (see our article about this).

During the four-day learning program workshop, participants reviewed and analyzed the learning questions using their respective projects in order to come up with draft key messages which shall serve as inputs to the project’s synthesis report. The Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Habitat III were presented as well as how they relate to CCD. The learning workshop also included a field visit to ICIMOD Knowledge Park and to a rural community practicing rooftop gardening in Lalitpur District.

Other projects included in the learning program focus on different themes of CCD including renewable energy, coastal tourism, climate-smart agriculture, vulnerability assessments, among others. Selected cases came from various countries in Central and South America as well as South and Southeast Asia. All inside stories are expected to be published by July 2016 and will be showcased during the 2016 resilient Cities Congress where a CDKN-ICLEI session is planned.

The first CDKN-ICLEI learning workshop was held in Quito, Ecuador last July 2015 where the learning questions were fleshed out and finalized.


(1) CDKN defines CCD as “development that minimizes the harm caused by climate impacts, while maximizing the many human development opportunities presented by a low-emission, more resilient, future.”

Photo credits: ICLEI Southeast Asia