CES-MED holds a Donor’s meeting in Amman, Jordan

The three CES-MED municipalities in Jordan - Aqaba, Irbid and Karak have finalized their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs). To support the implementation of the plans, and more specifically of the Action Fiches, a Donor Meeting took place on 21st of November 2017 in Amman, whereby the SECAPs and their priority projects on Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy prepared for Jordan were presented. 
 
The purpose of the meeting was to identify funding opportunities and discuss best approaches to facilitate the funding of these projects. Representatives of major international organizations were invited to use this opportunity and present their financing initiatives that support energy and climate projects for municipalities.
 
More than 90 participants attended the meeting, these being national authorities from the Ministries of International Planning and Cooperation, Municipal Affairs, and Energy and Mineral Resource and the National Energy Research Center), International Donors (EU, GIZ, USAID, Spanish, Swedish, and Canadian Cooperation, Global Green Growth Institute, UNDP-GEF, International Financial Institutions (KfW, WB, AFD), NGOs and private sector investors. 
 
The Jordanian local authorities of Aqaba, Irbid, Karak and Sahab have presented their SECAPs and Action Fiches, prepared with the support of CES-MED experts.
 
The Municipalities of Aqaba and Karak have formally approved the SECAP with 40% target. Aqaba has signed the adherence letter to the Covent of Mayors, while the other Municipalities indicated their readiness to swiftly advance with their adhesion. 
 
The representatives from the Ministry of Municipality Affairs, stressed upon the importance of the meeting and the application of SECAP methodologies as very important step towards Strategic Planning in the energy sector at municipal level, and called for the establishment of a sustainable support mechanism (SSM) at National level. The Ministry is ready through their Local Development Department to guide Municipalities to make the plans and implement the projects, in cooperation with the Donors.
 
CES-MED highlighted the importance of not only implementing the Energy and Waste projects, but also the Climate Adaption Actions, as well as awareness actions and joint cooperation with local communities to achieve sustainability.
 
Alongside the event, experts from the Greater Amman Municipality made an overview of its strategy for sustainable energy. The other municipalities which presented their work on climate resilience were Madaba, Ramtha Sarhaan and Ma’an. 
 
The CES-MED project is steadily advancing its work in Jordan and our team sees great support from national and local authorities in view of achieving a sustainable future for the country.   
 
Presentations from the Donor's meeting are available for download: