Project Progress

Project status to date (June 2017) : Main 54 months’ achievements 

The Project has accomplished the targets set in the work plan by the end of the ninth six-months reporting period (up to the end of June 2017) and has advanced in all of its components; noting that upon the termination of the 54 months’ project period, a 9 months’ extension was granted to start in July 2017. This report covers the third six months of the project extension.

The main achievements of the CES-MED project, for the last 54 months are:

 
The establishment of the Rabat and Beirut project offices; the selection and affiliation as direct beneficiaries of 26 cities/municipalities in eight countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, adding the affiliation of three Libyan cities in the first 6 months of the project) and including two Governorates (regions) that have joined the CES-MED project in Egypt. The work in Libya was suspended due to the political situation, even though in 2013 we had started activities but due to worsening security conditions work has stopped.
 
Moreover, additional cities and municipalities have expressed their desire to join CES-MED and/or have prepared SEAPs individually and/or have joined the CoM. 
 
Upon the appointment of a Focal Point, a National Coordination Group (NCG), formed of key national authorities, was created in seven countries and have been actively involved in the implementation of the project’s activities. In the eighth country, Egypt, the national focal point (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) is leading and guiding the project’s activities, associating key authorities, and the representation of the NCG is embodied within the administration of the two selected Governorates that have joined CES-MED, whereby their municipal teams act as the central authorities’ representatives in the framework of CES-MED activities. 
 
The 23 cities/municipalities and Governorates affiliated to CES-MED (apart from Libya) have participated in several SEAP training workshops alongside the preparation of the plans, they have additionally attended a Citizens Awareness and Promotion Plan (CAPP) Training workshop. The holding of CAPP workshop is planned for Egypt in February or March.
 
Eight "Recommended National Sustainable Urban and Energy Savings Actions" reports were prepared in eight countries and were approved by the National Focal Points and the NCGs or their representatives in Egypt. The Reports have been reviewed and updated with emphasis on setting up the SSMs and facilitate funding, specially that a list of approximately 90 well described Project Fiches are so far produced and ready to be considered for financing. Moreover, specific detailed report was prepared for Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria and Lebanon to address the issues of Supporting the SEAP Support Mechanism.
 
The process of preparing the SEAPs (and later SECAPs for Egypt and Jordan) started by contracting SEAPs Consultants to support 23 cities and governorates in the preparation of the plans, last of which is the selection done to prepare the three cities of Jordan and two governorates in Egypt which are almost complete and are in the last editing stage. On-the-job training participatory workshops were conducted in each city along the 18 SEAPs’ and 5 SECAPs formulation. This has assured the contribution and involvement of LAs in the development of the SEAPs and their adoption as part of the cities’ development plans.
 
The awareness raising component of the 18 SEAPs were prepared as final step by the CES-MED communication expert (their preparation will follow with Jordan and Egypt). During the preparation of this component, the participation of the municipal teams was also assured following the Project’s on-the-job training approach. Finally, the 18 SEAPs were edited and then formatted to have them in a homogenised publication before distribution. So far 18 SEAPs are prepared and available on our website.
 
Partnership with NCGs has assured the adherence and backing of national authorities to the 18 SEAPs’ and 5 SECAPs preparation (and would later support their implementation) and for the establishment of SSM. The objective has been to institute the replicable provision of SEAPs, fully supported by central authorities at a national level. Finally, early agreements (to confirm) have been reached to create a unit that would support the SSM in each country.
 
The awareness raising component of the 18 SEAPs were prepared as final step by the CES-MED communication expert. During the preparation of this component, the participation of the municipal teams was also assured following the Project’s on-the-job training approach. On-the-job training participatory workshops were conducted in each city along the 18 SEAPs’ formulation. This has assured the contribution and involvement of LAs in the development of the SEAPs and their adoption as part of the cities’ development plans. The 18 SEAPs are available on our web-site.
 
Partnership with NCGs have assured the adherence and backing of national authorities to the SEAPs’ preparation (and would later support their implementation) and for the establishment of a SEAP Support Mechanism (SSM) per country. The objective has been to institute the replicable provision of SEAPs, fully supported by central authorities at a national level.
 
In Egypt, association of key ministries is being engaged through their representatives at local levels (governorates). 
 
In Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Morocco and lately Jordan, national authorities have confirmed their will to build up the SSM and a structure or organization has been proposed. National conferences to announce the SSM were held in Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Israel and lately Jordan and Palestine (Jointly with Training Sessions).
 
After change of political leadership within the Ministries of Interior and Municipalities (The FP in Lebanon), of Environment and of Energy and Water, it was concluded that the creation of such a unit is feasible with the support of CES-MED. It was agreed to create a unit led by CES-MED as facilitator. This proposal in Lebanon is now being considered by the concerned minister.
 
The promotion and support to set the SSM is progressing in Jordan and eventually Egypt, now that the preparation of SECAPs is ongoing for its two governorates.
 
CoM future coordinators and supporters for each country, who would also act as SEAP national coordinators, were first identified from among members of the NCGs and other actors: in Morocco (ADERE), Tunisia (ANME), Algeria (APRUE), Lebanon (LCEC, MoE), Israel and Palestine (Ministry of Local Governance). These have been listed in the National Recommendation reports. Due to the still ongoing discussions that foresee the change of COM into COM Global with regional affiliation (COM-MED), the roles of COM coordinators and supporters must be clarified. At this stage, their roles are related to establishing the SSM to facilitate the replication of the SEAPs (SECAPs).
 
CES-MED has regularly informed the EIB, AFD, UfM and the World Bank of CES-MED’s cities/municipalities’ needs, the project’s engagement to prepare SEAPs, and has shared the plans and their Project Fiches, promoting the cities’ readiness to cooperate with development organisations and benefits from funding facilities. The aim has been to promote the financing of SEAP actions and to facilitate future cooperation and/or funding and furthermore, the holding of donors meeting on round tables was proposed and successfully held in Lebanon and Palestine, whereby representatives of donors, national and local authorities have participated, and exchanged regarding the availability of funding opportunities, engagement of NAs and cities, and to promote visibility of “fundable” SEAPs and well formulated projects in Projects’ Fiches.
 
Several CES-MED affiliated cities and municipalities have benefited from grants allocated for technical assistance and capacity building, including to prepare SEAPs and SEAPs’ actions. The first externally financed city to prepare a SEAP was Menjez in Lebanon, which benefited from a EUR 15,000 grant from the CHAMS EU funded project. A second grant was offered to Achkout city in Lebanon, which also prepared its own SEAP. We can also cite the case of SUDEP South Program, whereby 12 grants were allocated to LAs, engaged in preparing the SEAPs and to join CoM. This was done in coordination with CES-MED. 
 
Complementarity has been sought between the CES-MED project and the UPFI programme. The objective is to integrate or relate – whenever feasible - SEAPs projects to UPFIs led by AFD in the cities of Sfax, Agadir, Sousse, Kairouan, Esna (part of Luxor Governorate), Nablus, Aqaba and Beirut; and/or to instruct - as part of the SEAP Vision and Strategy – the application of sustainable energy measures (such as those proposed by the SEAPs) in UPFI projects. But so far, IFI involved in UPFIs have proven to be interested in providing loans to governments rather than working with local authorities. Sector funding – covering several cities or a region is envisaged.
 
The CES-MED comprehensive “Information Kit” was prepared in three languages incorporating the Guidebook for the preparation of a SEAP for ENPI South countries and have been constantly reviewed, a CAPP guidebook, BEI preparation manuals, the "Recommended National Sustainable Urban and Energy Savings Actions" report per country, and COM explanatory documents (official texts and Adhesion Form). The Information Kit has been widely disseminated and have been used in Help-Desk support, as well as for the preparation of SEAPs and SECAPs. Additional guidelines of SECAPs (Risk Analysis) was prepared by CES-MED to complement the initial guidelines and facilitate the change from SEAP to SECAP.
 
The Joint Research Center (JRC) took part in municipal training and Training of Trainers in Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan.
 
CES-MED collaborated with JRC since the start of its activities. Through this collaboration, the Centre conducted training for the CES-MED Team and in several CES-MED workshops. JRC and CES-MED also collaborated in the preparation of the SEAPs preparation guidelines adapted for the use of ENPI South Cities.
 
Since the start of CES-MED, the “Help Desk” support for selected municipalities has been performed through permanent advice and guidance as part of the capacity building exercise in preparing the SEAPs/SECAPs. Full-fledged Help Desk was additionally offered in preparing the Action Fiches of five priority projects per each SEAP; and the train-while-you-do preparation of the awareness raising component. 
 
“Training of Municipalities” coupled with “Training of Trainers”, tailored to each country were held in seven CES-MED countries (All apart from Egypt) with very high participation. The first training (of Municipalities) was addressed to local authorities’ leaders to promote SECAPs approach and invite them to engage in its preparation. The second training (of Trainers) has been addressed to technicians from both cities and municipalities and other actors, aimed at teaching the basics to prepare SECAPs. The trainers are expected to lead future efforts to prepare the SECAP plans for the newly adhering cities, and moreover, be part of SSM’s team. Training has covered main political and technical aspects of COM and its required SECAPs, as well as awareness raising techniques and applications.
 
CES-MED website has been actively functioning and is developing gradually; it is regularly updated in Arabic, English and French. Adapted versions are continuously sought and uploaded. All produced manuals and documents (National reports, guidelines) and SEAPs are now on the website and can be downloaded. More work is ongoing to fine tune it.
 
The extension of the CoMO website (from the CES-MED website) and the development of its Arabic version were assured by CES-MED at the start of the Project. After the amendment of COM website (following the creation of CoM Global and change in CoM requirements), which entails a need to change its Arabic extension, the development of a new Arabic version is now necessary. A task that CES-MED is ready to undertake.
 
A long list of events has been attended by the CES-MED team since the start of the Project, whereby the projects’ activities were promoted, and its experience, lessons learned and tools were widely shared including (but not limited to): EU Projects, USAID, AFD, LCEC, ARLEM, National Events, UFM, CoM and others.
 
The project organised events in main forums, such as the EU-Morocco Climate Change week, followed by a High-level conference on Climate Change was held with more than 80 participants from the region and four events along COP 22 in Morocco.
 
CES-MED Communication and visibility actions have been diverse, covering the production of publications and printed tools, the setup and operation of the website and the holding of events. Moreover, it included concrete support with conception and preparation of awareness plans related to energy and climate change.
 
Support and on-the-job training to the cities in the preparation of the awareness raising component of the 23 SEAPs/SECAPs was assured (and will continue with the 5 SECAPs now under preparation). The 18 SEAP documents were redesigned and formatted for publication and the production of the countries newsletters were completed in Arabic and English or French. Additionally, a 44-page Milestones publication “Leap Forward” was produced in three languages and widely distributed (including in COP 22) and through the website. The SEAPs, newsletters, Leap Forward publication and brochures and other material were uploaded to the website, which was fully restructured (new version launched early July 2016 and updated since). Moreover, the Project visual identity has been reviewed and applied. 
 
A CES-MED Facebook page was created and is widely followed.
 

Summary of situation regarding adherence to COM:

So far 51 municipalities have already adhered (in addition to Salé) to CoM; while 131 municipalities are planning to adhere to the CoM. Interest is rising among associations of cities and unions of municipalities.

Preparation of SEAPs/SECAPs:

 By June 2017, with the direct support of CES-MED, the preparation of 18 SEAPS was concluded and other 5 SECAPs are almost finalized. The SEAPs are formatted and uploaded on the website. The project also supported the development of five more SEAPSs prepared independently by municipalities and cities.

List of cities that are engaged in Urban Projects Finance Initiative (UPFI) & cooperate with CES-MED:

Source: AFD

Urban Transport mobility in Rabat, Salé, Temara
Morocco
Salé is a COM member
Agadir BRT
Morocco
Agadir is affiliated to CES-MED
Sfax Taparura Development
Tunisia
Sfax is affiliated to CES-MED
Medinas Rehabilitation (including Kairouan)
Tunisia
Kairouan is affiliated to CES-MED
Relocation of Jericho public facilities
Palestine
Jericho is on CES-MED waitlist
Handicrafts Industrial Zone and Revitalization of Old City of Nablus
Palestine
Nablus is affiliated to CES-MED
Bethlehem development Initiative
Palestine
Bethlehem is on CES-MED wait list
Beirut new waterfront (Solidere)
Lebanon
Beirut is affiliated to CES-MED